Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to this organ donation course. We're delighted that so many of you are taking part. This course should equip you with the knowledge and insights about organ donation that we think every health professional should know, whatever your role, background, or experience. For some this might be a core part of your professional training or induction into a new role. For others it may be an update, because the scientific, ethical, and legal aspects around organ donation have changed a lot in the last few years. We hope by the end you will have gained a new understanding about organ donation that will support your clinical practise, and inform discussions with colleagues and with patients.
Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsThe lead educators are myself, a neurologist and medical educator, and mum to a child who became an organ donor. Together with Shibu Chacko, Julie Booth, and Gordon Turpie, all of whom are specialist nurses in organ donation here in the UK. You'll meet us throughout the course, and we'll be participating in discussions from time to time. In Week One we'll cover some basics about the numbers, who can donate, consent tissues, and the role of the specialist nurses or transplant coordinators in the process. You should also take a bit of time to get familiar with the FutureLearn platform and how to interact with us and your peers.
Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsIn Week Two we go into more detail about some of the practicalities, including how potential donors are assessed and managed, and the support made available to families during and afterwards. We're looking forward to seeing how you get on and learning from your contributions in the discussions. Please do use them to ask questions and to interact with your fellow learners. Above all, enjoy your learning.