NHS WM has developed a programme of work to raise awareness about organ donation amongst NHS staff. The work supports the Department of Health Organs for Transplants Taskforce. It is part of a number of pieces of work being delivered by the SHA in its lead role for the implementation of the Taskforce’s 2008 recommendations.
NHS WM identified that the aim of the Taskforce recommendations is to bring about cultural change within the NHS to make organ donation a usual and not an unusual event. With this aim in mind, NHS WM has developed a programme of work the intention of which is simple: to help NHS staff to make a personal decision about whether they would want to be an organ donor, and to act on this decision as appropriate. This personal decision making underpins some of the more ambitious goals of the Taskforce recommendations.
In April/May 2010 838 NHS staff in the NHS West Midlands region took part in a survey.
- 77% had made a decision about organ donation.
- 23% were still undecided.
- 71% had decided that they would be prepared to be an organ donor.
- More men than women were undecided.
- Only one third of those who had made a decision that they would like to be an organ donor said they were already on the Organ Donor Register.
- One third said the reason they had not joined the register was that they did not know how to do it.
- One fifth stated that they knew how to register, but had not got round to doing it yet.
- 17% of staff said they wanted more information before registering on the ODR to help them to make a decision.
- 98% of staff stated that they would be interested in receiving more information of organ donation regardless of whether they are on the ODR already or not.
Read the full report produced in July 2010, outlining the project objectives, research and outcomes.