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Optimising Kidney Utilisation 2022

Key information

Subject area:

Life Sciences & Medicine

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:

Not for credit


1 day

Available course dates:

From: 07 October 2022 To: 07 October 2022
Application deadline: 04 October 2022

Course overview

Decisions on whether to accept or decline a deceased donor kidney transplant offer, and who best to implant an organ into, are challenging and complex. This course aims to provide a framework and evidence-base on how to approach these decisions. The course has been re-designed for 2022 and will now include a dedicated breakout session for nurses. There will also be a focus on emerging issues within kidney utilisation, such as the use of organs from SARS-CoV-2 positive deceased donors.

The course will be hosted by clinicians from Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT): Mr Chris Callaghan (consultant transplant surgeon), Mr Jonathon Olsburgh (consultant transplant surgeon) and Dr Rachel Hilton (consultant nephrologist). They will be joined by consultants and senior nursing colleagues from across the UK, and the US.

What does this course cover?

The course will emphasise:

  • A progressive approach to organ utilisation, based on extensive clinical experience.
  • Close collaboration between surgeons, nephrologists, other professionals involved in the donation and implantation pathway, and patients.
  • An evidence-based approach to deceased donor kidney utilisation, and best practice in recipient consent.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the context of UK deceased donor kidney transplantation.
  • Understand the national organ offering schemes in the UK.
  • Understand the evidence base for the use of increased risk organs.
  • Develop a framework for approaching complex organ utilisation decisions in deceased donor kidney transplantation.
  • CPD accreditation for this programme is in progress

Who will I learn with?

Chris Callaghan

Chris Callaghan

Consultant Transplant Surgeon

Who is this for?

This course will be most appropriate for:

  • Senior transplant surgery or nephrology trainees
  • Recently appointed consultant transplant surgeons or nephrologists
  • Recipient transplant coordinators
  • Specialist nurses in organ donation (SNODs)
  • Established consultant nephrologists or renal transplant surgeons looking for an update in organ utilisation issues
  • Senior nurses involved in caring for potential patients on the deceased donor kidney transplant waiting list and post-transplant kidney recipients

What is the teaching schedule?

Session 1: Plenary – Over-arching issues in deceased donor kidney transplantation

Session 2: Plenary – Emerging issues in deceased donor kidney transplantation

Break-out room 1: Surgeons and nephrologists

Break-out room 2: RTCs and nursing colleagues

Session 4: Case-based discussions, consent and risk

Course status:

Places available

Full fee £200

Staff / Student / Alumni fee £170

Early bird fee / Group discount £180

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