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This year’s NHSBT/BTS organ retrieval masterclass will be held in Oxford on the 11th/12th December.
The course is a a two-day masterclass designed to optimise the quality of organs offered for transplant by improving the quality of retrieval practice. The course is aimed at retrieval team members involved in surgical retrieval of organs intended for transplant.

This year’s Workshop will again cover two days, with day one focusing on important issues in organ donation. The first part of the day will concentrate on the principles and logistics of organ donation whilst the second will focus on anatomy, surgical techniques and pitfalls. The second day will be practical with four simultaneous workshops, and groups will be split into smaller teams to practice on-site the abdominal and thoracic organ retrieval under the supervision of experienced consultant surgeons in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Oxford.

The registration fee for this year is £350 and includes overnight accommodation at the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Oxford, on Thursday 11th December 2014, and catering for both days.

This Masterclass is part of the competency accreditation as a retrieval surgeon that is required to participate in a NORS Team, so it is essential that trainees who want to consider consultant jobs with a NORS component attend at some point during their training.

Further information and registration forms are available from: [email protected].

Royal University Hospital, Liverpool are running the First European Live workshop on Advances in Laparoscopy in Renal Transplantation from 28th-30th September 2014.

The workshop will demonstrate the Liverpool technique of Total Retroperitoneoscopic donor nephrectomy. The donor nephrectomies will be followed by Laparoscopic Renal Transplants. Prof P Modi from the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre Ahmedabad, India, who has pioneered and has performed more than 170 Laparoscopic Transplants, has kindly agreed to demonstrate.

The Live surgery images will be transferred to the Auditorium with video link with two way communication which will give opportunity to the Audience to interact with the surgeons during the surgery.

The workshop is organised to generate interest in enthusiastic surgeons across the Europe to acquire the complete skills of Laparoscopy in Transplantation. CPD points will be applied for.

The workshops will precede with one day Cadaver course for hands on experience of Total Retroperitoneoscopic Donor Nephrectomy to be held at Manchester Skills Centre. The places will be limited (12) for the cadaver course. The registration will be separate for the workshop and course to enable candidates to register for the individual events. The Manchester Skills Centre is approximately 40 miles from Royal Liverpool University hospital and directions of travel will be supplied to the interested candidates and the travel arrangements will be made.

The live workshop will cost £250 (£200 early bird) and the cadaveric course £1000 (£900 early bird).

To apply, please use the application form (PDF).

The next Carrel Club meeting will be held on the 28th November 2014 in Cardiff.  The theme will be on transplant research, with talks from experts in the morning about what makes good research, followed by the launch of the Carrel Club Research Collaborative in the afternoon. There will be a dinner on the Thursday night for those that are interested.

More details to follow – but keep the date free!

The new Carrel Club website is now live.  As well as our new domain (herricksociety.org.uk) we have updated the training information and links, provided a new discussion list and news section on which we will post updates on training opportunities, meetings and other items related to transplant training.

Please send any feedback to [email protected].