Scottish Donation and Transplant Group meeting: November 2021

Minutes and documents from the group's meeting on 18 November 2021.

Attendees and apologies

Attendees and apologies

  • Mr John Casey (Co-chair), Joint Chair and Clinical Advisor for Transplantation in Scotland
  • Dr Iain Macleod (Co-chair), Joint Chair and Clinical Advisor for Organ Donation in Scotland
  • Dr Richard Appleton, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Scottish Intensive Care Society
  • Mr John Asher, Consultant Renal Transplant Surgeon, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Mr John Asher, Consultant Renal Transplant Surgeon, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Lynne Ayton, Director of Operations Heart, Lung and Diagnostics Division, Golden Jubilee Hospital
  • Dr Andrew Bathgate, Consultant Hepatologist, NHS Lothian
  • Sumrah Chohan, Human Tissue Authority
  • Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHSBT
  • Dr Colin Geddes, Chair of the Transplant Recipient Support and Aftercare working group, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Sharon Grant, Team lead for Organ and Tissue Donation Policy, Scottish Government
  • Susan Hannah, Regional Manager for Scotland, NHSBT
  • Neil Healy, Lead Nurse for Tissues, Cells and Advanced Therapeutics, SNBTS
  • Dr Martin Johnson, Consultant Physician, Golden Jubilee National Hospital
  • Stephen Kirkham, Patient representative
  • Jen Lumsdaine, Living Donor Co-ordinator, NHS Lothian
  • Roseanne McDonald, Associate Director for Specialist Services and National Planning, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Andrew McKie, Secretariat, Scottish Government
  • Shona Methven, Consultant Nephrologist and Renal Service Clinical Director
  • Mr Gabriel Oniscu, Consultant Transplant Surgeon and Clinical Director, Edinburgh Transplant Unit
  • Mark Print, Patient representative
  • Dr Ben Reynolds, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Dr Lesley Ross, Patient representative
  • Joanna Swanson, Interim Head of Health Protection Division, Scottish Government
  • Dr David Turner, Consultant Clinical Scientist, SNBTS
  • Andrew Walls, Organ Donation Regional Committee Chair, NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • Linda White, Policy Manager, Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, Scottish Government
  • Dr Sharon Zahra, Clinical Lead, Tissues, Cells and Advanced Therapeutics, SNBTS


  • Sam Baker, Donation Policy Branch Head, Scottish Government
  • Lisa Burnapp, President of British Transplantation Society/ OTDT Medical Team: Associate Medical Director
  • Dr Colin Church, Consultant, Golden Jubilee National Hospital
  • Dr Jonathan Dalzell, Consultant Cardiologist, Golden Jubilee National Hospital
  • Adam Duncan-Rusk, Business Manager, Renal, Transplant and Dermatology
  • Professor Deirdre Kelly, Non-Executive Director, NHSBT
  • Dr Ann-Margaret Little, Consultant Clinical Scientist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Mr Alex McGuire, Golden Jubilee National Hospital 
  • Dr Neal Padmanabhan, Consultant Nephrologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Ms Jessica Porter, Head of Regulation, Human Tissue Authority
  • Dr David Walbaum, Consultant Nephrologist, NHS Grampian
  • Dr Charles Wallis, Regional CLOD and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, NHS Lothian

Items and actions


Implementation Overview  - John Casey/ Iain MacLeod

Highlight reports

  • Reduce missed opportunities for deceased tissue donation - Sharon Zahra/Neil Healy
  • Living Kidney Donation: REACH Transplant and Renal units staffing levels - Jen Lumsdaine
  • Sustainable patient-centred transplant services - John Casey
  • Equity of access to transplantation services - Andy Bathgate and Shona Methven
  • Transplant recipient support and aftercare - John Casey and Priority 5 Co-Chairs
  • Remote health monitoring - Linda White
  • Research and innovation - John Casey

Post-2020 Plans (25 minutes)

  • NSD bridging plan post-2020 - Roseanne McDonald
  • UK Organ Utilisation Group update - Lisa Burnapp
  • UK Strategy update - Anthony Clarkson

Coronavirus (Covid-19) (15 minutes)

Update on current issues - Transplant units

Update on donation/transplant activity (20 minutes)

  • Living kidney donation - Jen Lumsdaine
  • Paediatric transplantation - Ben Reynolds
  • Deceased organ donation - Susan Hannah

Any other business (5 minutes)

Next meeting: 31 March 2022, 14:00 to 16:00, Microsoft Teams meeting

Written Updates for information

  • Histocompatibility and immunogenetics services - Dave Turner/Ann Margaret Little
  • Tissue donation - Sharon Zahra 
  • NHS blood and transplant - Anthony Clarkson 
  • Human tissue authority - Jessica Porter
  • Living kidney donation - Jen Lumsdaine

Additional papers

Scottish Donation and Transplant Group (SDTG) – note of 18 November 2021 meeting

Written update - tissue donation
Written update - NHS blood and transplant
Written update - human tissue authority
Written update - living kidney donation
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