ODT Hub Programme
The ODT Hub Programme describes a five-year programme of change, into 2020, which transforms our current donation and transplantation processes.
Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 gave a commitment to significantly increase numbers of organ donors and transplants. With this, we need to strengthen and develop our processes and systems, and this is what the ODT Hub programme aims to do.
One of the ways of meeting this challenge is by creating an ODT Hub, which organises activities that support people working across ODT making processes simpler, safer and more supportive.
What have we achieved so far?
- We have safely implemented new Heart and Lung Offering Schemes using new IT systems – and are working on changes to Liver and Intestinal. This has involved developing technology platforms to ensure that donated organs are safely matched to the most suitable recipients. This is helping to save and improve lives by ensuring the recipients in greatest need, and for whom a transplant will give the greatest benefit, are given priority and are offered an organ.
- We have designed, built and tested a referral and assessment pilot across several regions. This accompanies the ongoing work undertaken with our Specialist Nurse – Organ Donation (SN-OD) teams and transplant colleagues in ensuring donor characterisation is continuously refined in order to standardise and simplify the referral process.
- We have designed and are developing the Transplant List – including improvements and gradual replacement of ODT Online. These changes will make things simpler and mean fewer phone calls.
- Working with colleagues across organ donation and transplantation, we formally opened the ODT Hub in September 2017. The Duty Office is now ODT Hub Operations and combines with Information Services to form the new ODT Hub.
- ODT Hub Operations began undertaking all cardiothoracic offering from donors after brain death (DBD) and lungs from donors after cardiac death (DCD); giving Specialist Nurses more time to spend undertaking clinical activities and supporting donor families.
- We rolled out the Super Urgent Liver List allowing Transplant Coordinators to see (in a range of locations and on a range of devices) how many patients nationally are super-urgently listed for a liver which in turn helps them with planning.
- We will deliver the existing Liver Offering Schemes (Adult, Paediatric and DCD) and the new Adult DBD Offering Scheme on the new platform for live use. Under the new DBD scheme, the liver will be offered to a named patient most in need of the transplant and with the greatest chance of long term survival, rather than on a regional basis, as is currently the case.
- We will be launching the new organ donor referral number on 19 February 2018.