New UK strategy to match world class performance in organ donation


Health Minister, Edwin Poots has launched a new strategy to achieve world class performance in organ donation – Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 – a UK Strategy.


The strategy, which was developed by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in conjunction with all four UK Health Administrations, also has the backing of the other UK Health Ministers.


It sets the agenda for increasing organ donation rates to world class standards over the next seven years and builds on success in increasing deceased donation rates by 50% since 2008.

The aims of the strategy are to:

  • Improve consent/authorisation rates to organ donation to above 80% (currently 57% nationally);
  • Bring the UK deceased donor rate up to 26 per million of the population (currently 19pmp nationally);
  • Transplant 5% more of the organs offered from consented, actual donors (currently 94% of actual donors result in at least one donation); and
  • Increase the number of patients receiving a transplant to 74 per million of the population (currently 49pmp nationally).

The Minister said: “This is a brave and ambitious strategy that will give more people a realistic chance of receiving a life-saving or life-enhancing transplant. Despite recent success we know more can and must be done to address the shortage of donated organs across the UK.

“This strategy was developed by NHSBT in collaboration with my Department, the other UK Health Departments and all those involved in organ donation and transplantation including professional bodies, patient groups, transplant surgeons and the wider health service.”

The strategy calls on everyone in society to act to make organ donation a normal part of end of life care thereby saving and improving the lives of others.

A summary of the strategy is available to download at: