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Legislation change in organ and tissue donation: educating specialist staff

12 March 2020
8 min read
Volume 29 · Issue 5

The Government recently passed the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019, a new law to change the mode of consent for organ and tissue donation in England from 2020 (Hubner et al, 2020). The introduction of deemed consent legislation means that we need to modify the way that the organ and tissue donation conversation with families is conducted. The new law for consent for organ and tissue donation means that in the future when someone dies, if they have not recorded or expressed a decision, the default position will be that consent to donate will be ‘deemed’.

The aim of the modular approach to education and training for the legislation change is to meet the Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) commitment for 100% of all specialist nurses/specialist requesters participating on the on-call rota to be trained and supported through participation in four legislation modules.

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