About this event

  • Date and time Sat 17 Jun 2023 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine

Since the first kidney transplant in 1954, organ donation has developed significantly and may affect any of us professionally and/or personally. According to NHS Blood and Transplant, between April 2022 and early January 2023 in the UK, 2726 people had received a transplant but 6731 people were waiting for one.

This multi-disciplinary and multi-professional meeting will discuss all the clinical, professional and ethical aspects of organ donation including practicalities and legal implications. It will be of interest to clinicians from all specialties, coroners, lawyers and police. 

Participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the extent of and challenges to organ transplantation in the UK in 2023
  • Describe the ethical, legal and clinical requirements of such procedures
  • Understand some of the experiences and consequences of a donor’s relative and those of a recipient
  • Appreciate some of the practical aspects and implications for the professional groups involved

A CPD certificate will be issued to those attending. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the event for those who attend in person.

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Morning session

Chair: Mr Sean McGovern, His Majesty's Senior Coroner, Coventry

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr David Heming, President Elect, Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Bernadette Butler, President, Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Mr Sean McGovern, His Majesty's Senior Coroner, Coventry

Clinical leads for organ donations and specialist nurses for organ donation: Who are they and what do they do?

Mrs Becky Nicholls, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation, East Anglia, Dr Dale Gardiner, Associate Medical Director, Deceased Organ Donation, NHS Blood and Transplant and Mrs Jo Barrett, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation, East Anglia

The experience of the donor

Donor Ambassador, may remain anonymous

Tea and coffee break
Organ transplantation

Ms Irum Amin, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Multivisceral Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Neuropathology: Brain injury and coronial decision making and police involvement

Dr Kieren Allinson, Consultant Neuropathologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Lunch break

Afternoon session

Chair: Mr Sean Horstead, His Majesty's Coroner, Essex

Afternoon session introduction

Mr Sean Horstead, His Majesty's Coroner, Essex

The experience of the transplant recipient

Donor Ambassador, may remain anonymous

Radiological imaging as a guide to coronial decision making and police involvement

Dr Curtis Offiah, Consultant Neuro-Radiologist, Head and Neck Radiologist, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Damascene experiences: Forensic pathology and organ donation

Dr Stuart Hamilton, Home Office Pathologist, East Midlands

Tea and coffee break
The medical examiner: What role can they play?

Dr Alan Fletcher, National Medical Examiner and Chair, Royal College of Pathologists Medical Examiners Committee

The coroner and case studies: The good, the bad and the ugly

Mr Derek Winter, His Majesty’s Senior Coroner, Sunderland, Deputy Chief Coroner, England and Wales and Mr David Heming, His Majesty’s Senior Coroner, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close on 16 June 2023 at 1:00am (GMT). Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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