Northumbria University, Newcastle has been selected by NHS Blood and Transplant as a national training centre for organ donation.
The University will now play a leading role in helping to train those working in this critical area, with hundreds of specialist nurses and critical care doctors from across the UK receiving the latest in simulation education training at Northumbria to boost their skills.
The announcement is timely as the University hosted the World Transplant Games Opening Ceremony on Saturday 17 August in front of 2,500 spectators along with ongoing fixtures including table tennis and badminton at its multi-million-pound facility Sport Central.
More than 1,500 people from 59 countries around the world are taking part in the Games, which continue until Saturday 24 August, competing in 16 sporting events across 13 venues in the North East. All of the competitors have all either received transplants or are from families who have chosen to donate organs.
NHSBT selected Northumbria University to deliver some of this specialist training to health care professionals over the next three years because of its expertise in simulation education and its first-class health facilities.
Dr Alan Platt, Associate Professor in Simulation-based Education at Northumbria University, said: “The NHS Blood and Transplant service wants to ensure its staff are equipped with the very latest skills, knowledge and theoretical thinking to deliver a world class service.
“They recognise the quality of the training we can provide here at Northumbria and we are delighted to have been chosen as a national centre of excellence for organ donation training.”