Over 50,000 people are alive today thanks to organ donation and transplantation. Unfortunately, however there is a still a severe shortage of organ donors and sadly some people do not get the transplant they need to survive.
In August 2018, the Government confirmed plans to implement a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation in England, as part of a drive to help people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
Under the new system of consent, which is expected to come into effect in Spring 2020, everyone will be considered an organ donor after their death, unless they have recorded a decision not to be* however the family will still be consulted should organ donation be possible, so it is vital people talk about what they want with their families.
Education is key to addressing people’s concerns and providing an opportunity to talk about organ and tissue donation. Working with teachers, NHS Blood and Transplant has developed free teaching resources comprising of three lesson plans and a condensed lesson plan each linked to the PSHE and Science elements of the National Curriculum.
NHS Blood and Transplant need support from schools to deliver organ donation lessons, so that pupils and their families can make informed choices in the future.
View the resources by clicking here.