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National Organ Donation Committee

The National Organ Donation Committee (NODC) is an advisory committee to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and acts as the national representative body for the twelve UK Regional Organ Donation Collaboratives.

The membership of the Committee includes the Regional Managers for Organ Donation and their respective Regional Clinical Leads (Find more information about Regional Collaboratives here). NODC meetings are attended by representatives of relevant professional bodies as well as senior staff from the Directorate of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHSBT. There are three meetings a year which is chaired by Dr Paul Murphy, National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation.

Forthcoming meetings
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Tuesday 6th June 2017
12 Bloomsbury Square, London
12 Bloomsbury Square, London
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
12 Bloomsbury Square, London
12 Bloomsbury Square, London

Latest minutes

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February 2017
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June 2016
Archived resources
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Terms of Reference

  • To act as a source of advice and assistance to NHSBT in the development of strategies to increase organ, corneal and tissue donation, and to work with NHSBT staff and the wider NHS to support their implementation.
  • To represent, lead and support the UK wide network of Donation Committees and Regional Collaboratives ensuring that regional issues are raised and shared at a national level
  • To provide a forum for identifying and spreading best practice across the UK
  • To lead the design and delivery of training and development opportunities for clinical staff involved in the care of potential deceased organ donors, including (but not limited to)
    • refresher courses for Clinical Leads for Organ Donation and Donation Committee Chairs
    • the National Donation Congress,
    • relevant areas of the NHSBT organ donation microsite and organ donation toolkit
  • To assist NHSBT to improve and optimise all aspects of donation to enable more transplants to take place, including support for the implementation of interventions described within national strategies such as Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020. These actions will be directed towards
    • the identification and timely referral of all potential donors in intensive care units and in other clinical areas such as Departments of Emergency Medicine and stroke units.
    • the neurological determination of death in all possible cases
    • ◦the physiological optimisation of potential brain dead donors, including intra-operative care
    • donation after circulatory death
    • the planning and delivery of the family approach for consent / authorisation for donation in collaboration with the specialist nurse for organ donation
  • To promote effective dialogue and collaboration between relevant professional groups and the Colleges and Societies that may represent them, including anaesthesia and critical care, paediatrics and child health, emergency medicine, critical care nursing, neurosurgery and retrieval / transplantation
  • To sponsor and support research, development and audit relevant to deceased donation, including (but not limited to) the analysis and future development of the Potential Donor Audit
  • To commission a small number of working subgroups that will deliver the key objectives of the committee, and to be chaired by the National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at NHSBT


Membership for the National Organ Donation Committee

  • National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, NHSBT (Chair) - Dr Paul Murphy
  • National Deputy Clinical Lead for Organ Donation - Dr Dale Gardiner
  • National Clinical Lead for Donor Optimisation - Dr Gerlinde Mandersloot (Sabbatical)
  • National Clinical Lead for Governance - Prof John Dark
  • Associate Medical Director for Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHSBT - Prof John Forsythe
  • Director, Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHSBT - Ms Sally Johnson
  • Assistant Director, Organ Donation and Nursing, NHSBT - Mr Anthony Clarkson
  • Assistant Director Education and Excellence - Ms Olive McGowan
  • Head of Operations - Ms Fiona Wellington
  • Head of Service Design - Ms Ella Poppitt
  • Statistics and Clinical Studies, NHSBT - Mrs Rhiannon Taylor / Mrs Cara Hudson
  • Lead Nurse for Health Informatics - Mr John Richardson
  • Lead Nurse for Recipient Co-ordination - Ms Helen Tincknell

Regional Collaborative Representatives

  • Scotland - Dr Mark Worsley and Dr Pam Doherty
  • Midlands - Dr Sri Nagaiyan (Sabbatical)
  • Yorkshire and Humber - Dr Paul Cramp
  • South East Coast - Dr Pardeep Gill and Dr Argyro Zoumprouli
  • East of England - Dr Paul Carroll
  • North West - Dr Huw Twamley and Prof Arpan Guha
  • London - Dr Andre Vercueil
  • Northern - Dr Angus Vincent
  • South Central - Dr Malcolm Watters
  • South Wales - Dr Chris Hingston
  • Northern Ireland - Dr Paul Glover
  • Donation Committee Chair – Ms Amanda Gibbon

Regional Managers for Organ Donation

  • London and Northern Ireland – Ms Paula Aubrey
  • North West and Yorkshire – Ms Sue Duncalf
  • Scotland and Northern – Ms Lesley Logan
  • South Wales and South West – Mr Phil Walton
  • Midlands and South Central – Ms Susan Richards
  • Eastern and South East - Ms Marian Ryan

Professional representatives

  • Royal College of Anaesthetists – Prof Stephen Bonner
  • Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine - Dr Alex Manara
  • Intensive Care Society – Dr Chris Danbury
  • British Association of Critical Care Nursing – Mr Tim Collins
  • College of Emergency Medicine – Mr Brodie Paterson
  • Royal College of Child Health and Paediatrics / Paediatric Intensive Care Society – Dr Joe
  • Brierley
  • British Transplantation Society - Prof Derek Manas
  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons Dr Maria Cartmill


The National Organ Donation committee, at the request of NHSBT, has commissioned four specific streams of work that are directly related to the strategic objectives of the organisation.

The workstreams are:

  • Donor identification and referral: a strategy for implementation of best practice Workstream Lead: Dr Alex Manara (Bristol)
  • Approaching the families of potential organ donors: a best practice guide Workstream Lead: Dr Angus Vincent (Newcastle)
  • Improving donation from the Emergency Department Workstream Lead: Dr Francis Andrews (St Helen's and Knowsley).
  • Donor optimisation: implementation of the donor care bundle Workstream Lead: Dr Gerlinde Mandersloot (Royal London)

Members of the committee are also involved in a variety of other projects, including:

  • Education and training for Intensive Care Medicine trainees
  • Donor recognition
  • CLOD job planning and governance
  • Cardiothoracic 'scout' system
  • Development of the Potential Donor Audit
  • Planning for the National Donation and Transplantation Congress, 2013 Details of these and other projects can be found in the minutes and papers of the National Organ Donation Committee.

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