Professional Development Team celebrates five years of service!

The Professional Development Team (PDT) for Organ Donation and Transplantation (ODT) is celebrating five years of service, during which all Specialist Nurse – Organ Donation (SNOD) training and ongoing professional development has been completely overhauled.

Consent/authorisation training has evolved for organ and tissue donation and SNODs are now inducted through a comprehensive modular-style training programme undertaken in cohorts. The taught modules cover all aspects of the donation pathway and are supported by a competency framework, aligned to the NMC, for all elements of clinical practice.

Olive McGowan, Assistant Director Education and Governance, said “The PDT have been successful in securing funding from Health Education England (HEE) to develop and deliver hi-fidelity simulation training for SNODs, supporting advanced communication training through simulation, building upon the elements of the Shared Professional Practice Course (SPPC) which staff within ODT and allied professionals attend annually.

“The award-winning cohort training is recognised on an international platform and Helen Bentley and Sally Holmes, from the PDT, received on behalf of the team an ‘Innovation in Donation and Transplantation’ award from the North American Transplant Co-ordinators Organisation (NATCO) in Florida USA.”

Cohort training has developed from a one week stand-alone induction course to a cohort modular approach, whereby a value-based recruitment of SNODs take place 3 times a year. Each successful SNOD receives a comprehensive training programme of 4 modules. This new process of learning enables a competency on the on-call rota to be achieved within 4-6 months. The new method of training for SNOD’s is comprehensive, consistent and more cost effective supporting achievement of competency onto the on-call rota.

To date the PDT have trained 122 SNOD’s which equates to approximately half (48%) of the current SNOD workforce.

Olive added “Success of the team can be attributed to having a clear vision and structure, maintaining energy and involvement of the entire team and exercising strong leadership. Engaging all staff collaboratively and the reciprocal engagement of the teams has been key to success. Thank you all.”

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