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Transform lives as a specialist nurse in organ donation


Experiences that will stay with you forever

Once you’ve seen the effect of organ transplant work, it stays with you forever EThirlwall.jpg
Emma Thirlwall

Team Manager North West Organ Donation Service

Once you’ve seen the effect of organ transplant work, it stays with you forever.

From the effect it can have on the recipient, who may be given a new chance at life, to the effect it can have on a grieving family, who may gain some comfort from the fact that out of truly tragic events something wonderful has happened to another human being.

This is the world of NHS Blood and Transplant. A moving, motivating, fascinating and endlessly changing environment where our specialist nurses in organ donation are a fundamental driving force.

Two senior nurses in organ donation pose for a photoWe’re an internationally recognised team of specialists providing the blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation in England and transplant services across the UK. We manage the donation, storage and transplantation of blood, organs, tissues, bone marrow and stem cells, and the researching of innovative new treatments and processes.

If you’re looking to take this specialist path, we have so much to offer you. Your responsibilities will involve liaising with the families of donors, donor characterisation, teaching, data management, awareness-raising and so much more. You’ll be there to facilitate this vital process, working with members of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Accident and Emergency (A&E) among others, to ensure we follow best practice at all times.

You’ll be right at the heart of remarkable scientific change, too.  New surgical techniques, new drugs, new machines and technology contribute to an environment where everyone gets caught up in a spirit of never-ending innovation and progress.

Your own progress will also be integral to your new role. The training offered to specialist nurses has been recognised as amongst the very best in the world. When you start, you’re looking at six months of intensive clinical excellence learning. And it doesn’t stop there. Your long term career path will present a great number of opportunities for personal development, mentoring, soft skills training, secondments and possibly even support for academic qualifications right up to Masters degrees.

This is profoundly important work done by proud, passionate specialist professionals. Could you be one of them?