Blood and Transplant


Silvia Perra, Mark Pennington, Richard Grieve, John Cairns and Neil Hawkins are involved in an NIHR-funded study, HEMO, in collaboration with NHS Blood and Transplant. This involves an economic evaluation of alternative strategies for maintaining the supply of blood to the NHS, a stated preference survey and a discrete choice experiment (DCE) to measure donor preferences for characteristics of the donor service and the donation experience, and a discrete event simulation (DES) to model the impact of any changes on donations made by the UK’s blood donors.


John Cairns and Bernadette Li are undertaking an economic evaluation to explore different ways of allocating deceased donor kidneys to patients who are waiting for a transplant in the UK. The analysis will draw on patient-level cost and outcomes data and will be conducted as a discrete event simulation. This research is part of an NIHR funded programme grant entitled Access to Transplant and Transplant Outcome Measures (ATTOM), supported by the Department of Health, Renal Association, British Transplantation Society, UK Renal Registry, Scottish Renal Registry and NHS Blood and Transplant.


John Cairns is a member of SaBTO, the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs. The committee advises UK ministers and health departments on the most appropriate ways to ensure the safety of blood, cells, tissues and organs for transfusion/transplantation.

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