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Introduction to organ donation (online)

This online course is one of a series of five from the Critical Care team at the School of Medicine. This course is an introduction to organ donation and includes topics such as consent, legal and ethical frameworks, and best practice.

This is a self-directed learning course, which comprises approximately 7-10 study hours. Content will be available all week for you to work through at your own pace.

Monday will include a live introductory session by the Critical Care team (10:00), which is optional to attend.

Enrol on this course

Start date Days and times
17 June 2024 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 June 2024

Who it’s for

Suitable for any health care professional with an interest in organ donation looking to expand their knowledge on the subject.

It may be particularly relevant to those working in acute and critical care areas.

What you’ll learn

On completion you will be able to:

  • describe the context of organ donation in the UK, including:
    • consent and authorisation
    • the legal and ethical frameworks, national standards and best practice guidelines
    • cultural and religious perspectives.
  • describe the diagnosis of death using neurological criteria
  • describe best practice approaches to the organ donation process after neurological death/ brain death (DBD) and organ donation after circulatory death (DCD) including:
    • potential donor identification and referral to specialists in organ donation
    • donor assessment for suitability and contraindications
    • breaking bad news and the family approach
    • obtaining consent/authorisation
    • the role of donor optimisation on the outcomes of the transplanted organs
    • organ allocation for transplantation
  • define and recognise the potential for tissue donation in varying clinical areas and the community and identify tissues that can be donated for transplantation.


Increased knowledge and understanding around organ donation.

This course has specifically designed to be delivered entirely virtually. You will benefit from both tutor-led sessions, pre-recorded sessions and interactive exercises.

We encourage active discussion, so you’ll have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with your peers.

We have limited the number of places in order to ensure that you receive the best possible learning experience.

You will also develop IT skills as you complete the course.


This online course is delivered via the University’s learning platform (Learning Central); the course includes recorded presentations and other audio media, written text, guidelines, recommended reading and web links.

The module team will be available to provide support and guidance via discussion forums. They will also run a live introductory webinar.


You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding through personal reflection and online tasks within the course materials.

This is one of a suite of five online CPD courses in Critical Care.