The first NHS Organ Donor Register was built over 20 years ago to track recruitment campaigns. Over time, it took on a more operational role but it was never designed for that use.
With Wales moving to an ‘opt-out’ scheme from December 2015, NHS Blood & Transplant needed a new Register. One that would allow for both opt-out and opt-in schemes and make it easier for people to use.
In collaboration with the four UK Governments, the new Register went live in July 2015.
As well as being easier to use, specialist nurses can also see the full history of people’s registration and preferences. As a result, they can have better conversations with families who are making difficult decisions.
“We needed an Organ Donor Register that was fit for the future and chose NPS to deliver it. The team had experience with similar programmes of this scale and their software platform gave us all the benefits of a bespoke development, like flexibility but with the added confidence of a fully-supported system that was proven elsewhere.” Aaron Powell, Chief Digital Officer, NHS Blood & Transplant.