What is the programme and its aims?
We coordinate a renal transplant improvement group with representation from multi disciplinary front line clinicians, providers, commissioners, patients and carers from across the East Midlands. The transplant improvement group supports effective renal transplant services by reducing variation in practice and outcomes by facilitating pathway improvement.

Why is the programme required?
A hub and spoke model operates, with Leicester and Nottingham transplant centres being the hubs and referrals from Derby to Nottingham, and, Lincolnshire, Peterborough and Northamptonshire to Leicester. Historically, there has been variation in practice and outcomes and the transplant improvement group aims to address this.

Who are the partners?

  • Acute provider trusts
  • NHS England Specialised Commissioning
How are we making a difference?
Recent improvements have been made in the following areas by establishing task and finish groups to standardise practice.
  • access to transplant list and to live/deceased donation
  • response to kidney offers
  • incompatible blood group (ABOi) kidney transplants

The transplant improvement group members review data in relation to these areas to ensure sustainability of improvements. 

What’s next?
Further task and finish groups have been established focusing on improvements in the following areas:

  • transplant follow up
  • transplant list management
  • business continuity at the two renal transplant ventres

What are the key resources?
NHS Blood and Transplant
NHS England Specialised Service Specifications Renal Transplant

Who to contact for further information?
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Quality Improvement Lead