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Research, Innovation and Novel Technologies Advisory Group

Access terms of reference, information about membership structure and meeting minutes

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is keen to work with its stakeholders to support innovation and research and, when appropriate, help coordinate implementation of those developments and technologies that will lead to improved rates of organ donation or improved organ function and better outcomes for patients in need of solid organ transplants.

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'.

Access the Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 strategy here

Forthcoming meetings

Friday 11th May 2018
The Medical Society of London, London
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
London, venue to be confirmed


The Chair will be a senior clinician or scientist actively working in the field of organ donation, retrieval or transplantation.

* Non-voting members

Executive Group members

The aims of the Executive Group include the regular assessment of the allocation ranking exercise, as required by the new allocation policy for research organs.

Working parties

The Advisory Group may commission fixed-term short-life working parties to address specific issues in a timely manner. There will be no more than two such working parties at any one time.


The Chair will meet the Associate Medical Director for Organ Donation and Transplantation every year for a formal review of progress made, to agree targets for future work and a work plan.

Aims of the Advisory Group 

Rintag work plan


Frequency of meetings - Wider Group

RINTAG will meet for a face-to-face meeting every six months.

The Group will be consulted via email in the interim period between meetings for any relevant correspondence and cases requiring more urgent responses.

Frequency of meetings - Executive Group

Email consultation with RINTAG’s Executive Group takes place every quarter for the purpose of reviewing new proposals and assessing the allocation ranking exercise.

Working by teleconferencing, videoconferencing and email is encouraged for the frequency of any interim meetings as required.

Annual Stakeholder meeting

The remit of the Advisory Group is wide, so it is essential that there is effective communication with the broad spectrum of stakeholders. RINTAG will therefore host an annual Stakeholders’ meeting.

Stakeholders will include:

Research proposals and submission deadlines

Research proposals are regularly reviewed by RINTAG. The upcoming submission deadlines are as follows:

  • 2nd March 2018
  • 30th April 2018 (11th May meeting)
  • 2nd July 2018
  • 18th September 2018 (2nd Oct meeting)

All enquiries regarding research within ODT should be initially directed to the Research Project Manager - ODT, Maria McGee

Contact the ODT Research Project Manager

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