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Research Within the Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate
Research and Development remains an integral part of the activities of ODT and is in line with NHSBT's strategy for research and development.
This site is designed to assist the prospective researcher seeking support for their study proposal through the ODT research approval process. It will provide detail on those studies currently supported by ODT and the direction in which the current NHSBT Research and Development (R&D) strategy is driving research internally.
The ODT Research Handbook: How to obtain support
The ODT Research Handbook provides prospective applicants with guidelines on how to obtain support for their research studies.
The handbook is provided for prospective applicants wishing to obtain access to organ donors and/or 'relevant material' from donors for research purposes. This document contains details of the various approvals, documents, and stakeholder engagement required to gain approval from NHSBT ODT, via the Research, Innovation and Novel Technologies Advisory Group (RINTAG), and where appropriate ODT Senior Management Team (SMT).
This document outlines the NHSBT ODT approval process to obtain support for research studies.
- Researchers are encouraged to engage early with the NHSBT ODT Research Project Manager.
- The ODT Research Facilitation Team will provide advice on governance and operational considerations of a study.
- Studies will be categorised according to their nature to guide the subsequent approval route. The categorisation will inform which documents and operational considerations are required.
- The Research Project Manager will facilitate submission to the Research, Innovation and Novel Technologies Advisory Group (RINTAG), for review.
- RINTAG will score and rank studies requiring access to organs via the national research allocation scheme, according to a prioritisation matrix.
- The approval timeframe varies between study categories. NHSBT ODT is committed to keeping timescales to a minimum. In some cases, final approval will be required from the ODT Senior Management Team (SMT).
- Before a study can commence, the Chief Investigator (CI) will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines their responsibilities and compliance with regulations.
- Researchers with active studies are expected to provide annual progress reports to ODT. This will be requested by the Research Project Manager for improvement and monitoring purposes.
Associated links are included within the useful links list, on the right of this page.
The Research, Innovation and Novel Technologies Advisory Group (RINTAG) has developed from the Novel Technologies in Organ Transplantation Working Party, with the aims of providing NHSBT and other stakeholders with an overview of current innovations and supporting the implementation of appropriately approved and funded research, innovations and service development, horizon scanning and working with commissioners and others to ensure the introduction of novel approaches to improve the outcomes of patients undergoing solid organ transplantation, in line with the UK Strategy Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020.
Before submitting your research application, it is essential that you read through the research approval process.
Through the Research Project Manager, ODT provides assistance and advice to researchers wanting to undertake research that involves any aspect of ODT's activities or requires support from ODT. By working closely with researchers ODT aims to provide a streamlined service to support the stimulation, development and set-up of clinical research.
All enquiries regarding research within ODT should be initially directed to the Research Project Manager - ODT, Maria McGee