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UK Organ Retrieval Masterclass

17 - 18 December 2019

Wotton-under-Edge and Bristol

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

This is a two-day workshop designed to optimise the quality of organs offered for transplantation by improving retrieval practice.

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

It includes lectures and workshops together with practical demonstrations of relevant techniques involving all participants.

The faculty are 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).

Programme highlights

Day 1

De Vere Tortworth Hotel, Tortworth, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 8HH

Introduction to NHS Blood and Transplant and the National Organ Retrieval Service

  • Brain death and donor management
  • Organ perfusion, preservation and novel techniques
  • DBD and DCD retrieval of abdominal and cardiothoracic organs
  • Malignancy and transmittable diseases
  • What’s new in retrieval

Day 2

Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy, Southwell Street, Bristol, BS2 8EJ

  • Cadaveric workshop
  • Ex-vivo machine perfusion demonstrations
  • Normothermic regional perfusion workshop
  • Donor management and optimisation
  • DCD heart and lung perfusion

There is ample opportunity to network with fellow delegates, faculty and industry partners across both days.

There is a parallel programme on Day 2 aimed specifically at non-surgical delegates.

Who should attend

  • 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


The next masterclass will be held on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Course fees

The course fee is £465 and is inclusive of:

  • Attendance at all sessions and workshops
  • One night’s bed and breakfast at De Vere Tortworth Hotel
  • Course gala dinner (day one)
  • Lunch on day one and day two
  • Coach transfer between venues
  • An additional night can be arranged at the hotel (B&B) for £100

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

Submit an application to attend the course by completing this form 


If you have an informal enquiry, please email Caroline Wills - caroline.wills@nhsbt.nhs.uk

Supported by NHS Blood and Transplant

Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons