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Role of Retrieval Team

National Organ Retrieval Service (NORS) teams are made up of highly skilled healthcare professionals, and are led by a surgeon who has been signed off as competent to safely lead a retrieval. 

Key members of the team include perioperative practitioners.  these are members of theatre staff who are competent in perfusing and preserving organs, and scrub nurses who will have experience in elective and emergency surgery.  These professionals frequently work in unfamiliar environments at the donor hospitals, and are integral in the safe retrieval of high quality organs. 

Perioperative practitioners

The NORS teams include perioperative practitioners who are fully competent in the perfusion and preservation of retrieved organs, and scrub practitioners who have experience in elective and emergency surgery. Both provide expert assistance to the surgical team. These professionals frequently work unsocial hours in unfamiliar environments at the donor hospitals, and are integral in the safe retrieval of high quality organs.

The perioperative practitioners undergo competency based training following an agreed national curriculum  which includes  e-learning , face to face education and mentored practice. Final competence is assessed and signed off by the local NORS perioperative lead.

A database of fully competent retrieval practitioners will be held by NHS Blood and Transplant.