UK Organ Retrieval Masterclass

14th - 16th December 2020.

This year the Masterclass will be delivered in a virtual format. 

Retrieval Masterclass 2020 Programme (PDF 263KB)

Read Masterclass announcement - 23 October 2020 (PDF, 200KB)

Why attend the masterclass?

Organ retrieval is a key element of the donation and transplantation pathway.

In the UK, the National Organ Retrieval Service (NORS) teams retrieve organs from donors on behalf of transplant centres and the level of skill of NORS teams’ members will have significant bearing organ quality, organ damage and transplant outcomes.

Attending the Organ Retrieval Masterclass equips delegates with the knowledge and skills required to work within NORS.

NORS teams are made up of highly-skilled healthcare professionals and are led by surgeons who have been signed off as competent to safely lead a retrieval.

This masterclass is a mandatory part of the required competency registration as a retrieval surgeon in the UK.

About the course

The structure and content of this course is currently being revised. Details of this will be released later in 2020.

The faculty will be drawn from across the UK and include some world-leading clinicians in the field of organ retrieval and transplantation.

The course is supported by NHS Blood and Transplant and accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

Who is the course for?

The course will be aimed at practitioners with an interest in abdominal (liver, pancreas, kidney) and cardiothoracic (heart, lung) organ retrieval and transplantation.

  • UK surgeons seeking competency registration with NHS Blood and Transplant to lead NORS team - mandatory
  • Other surgeons with an interest in solid organ retrieval
  • Non-surgical healthcare professionals with an interest in solid organ retrieval and organ preservation - such as perioperative practitioners, clinical perfusion scientists and clinical scientists

Delegate feedback from previous courses

"Clear explanation of how to manage retrieval in a good and humane way and respect of our donor organ and their family"

"Entire course programme well structured, well delivered"

"Great choice of topics, way of delivering, organisation and mixture of theory and practice"

Book your place

To attend the NHSBT Multi-Organ Retrieval Masterclass December 2020, please fill out our web form.

Book now


If you have an informal enquiry, please email Caroline Wills -

Supported by NHS Blood and Transplant

Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons