The Advisory Groups are the key fora for clinicians and scientists to meet with representatives from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), commissioners and Departments of Health and others to review and develop policies, assess outcomes, and work with partners and stakeholders to improve outcomes for patients.
The structure and role of the Advisory Groups has recently been reviewed and recommendations made from which changes will be implemented. The Chairs, who are all elected with independent input, meet at the Chairs of the Advisory Groups Committee. The Advisory Groups report to the Organ Donation and Transplantation (ODT) Senior Management Team.
The solid organ advisory groups discuss:
- Donation activity
- Transplant activity
- Waiting times
- Equity of access
- Selection and organ allocation
- Transplant outcomes and research
The most recent minutes and agendas for the solid organ advisory meetings can be found within the respective organ's section within Transplantation in the quick links section of this page.
Each Solid Organ Advisory Group has representation on the membership from the British Transplantation Society (BTS) these are:
- Cardiothoracic Advisory Group: Jen Baxter (lung), Simon Messer (heart)
- Kidney Advisory Group: Gareth Jones
- Liver Advisory Group: Anya Adair
- Pancreas Advisory Group: Michelle Willicombe
- Retrieval Advisory Group: Shahid Farid
- National Organ Donation Committee: Colin Wilson
Each Solid Organ Advisory Group has appointed 2 members to each of the Advisory Groups; the appointment of these Lay Members will complement and not replace the work with patients and patient groups. The appointed Members are:
- Bowel Advisory Group: Mr Craig Jones, Prof Elizabeth Murphy
- Cardiothoracic Advisory Group: Mrs Margaret Harrison, Mr Shamik Ghosh (PDF 82KB)
- Kidney Advisory Group: Mrs Julia Mackisack, Mr Aamer Safdar (PDF 48KB)
- Liver Advisory Group: Mrs Lynne Vernon, Mrs Sarah Matthew,
- Pancreas Advisory Group: Mrs Julia Mackisack, Mrs Hazel Bentall, Ms Aileen Feeney (PDF 51KB)
- National Retrieval Group: Ms Hannah Poulton (PDF 50KB), Mr Shamik Ghosh (PDF 82KB)
- Ocular and Tissue Advisory Group: Ms Hannah Poulton (PDF 50KB), Mr Aamer Safdar (PDF 48KB)
- Research, Innovation & Novel Technologies Advisory Group: Prof Elizabeth Murphy, Ms Aileen Feeney (PDF 51KB)
- National Organ Donation Committee: Mrs Margaret Harrison, Mr Craig Jones
Lay members are not clinicians and will not become involved with clinical decisions about individual patients.
If a patient or a family member has a concern with a clinical decision, then they should raise this with the clinician concerned in the first instance and, if not satisfied, contact the hospital involved. Patients declined for transplantation may ask for a second opinion.