We were intending to hold an IA training day in November however due to the low number of applications we have re-arranged for 24 February 2015. If there is an identified need for additional IAs in your unit, and you know of anyone that would be interested in becoming an IA, please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org . Potential IAs will need to complete an IA application form to be considered. The application form can be found on our website.
Royal Mail will soon require us to add a barcode to our prepaid envelopes. Our current stock of envelopes will not be valid for use after 7 November 2014; however, we have ordered new, updated envelopes and will send these to all IAs that use them.
The need for proof of identity is for the IA to ensure the interviews are being conducted with the right people. Passports, drivers licence or photographic identity cards are advised in all situations.
The requirement for evidence of relationship is required in order to identify which transplant category the case falls into and for units to decide whether it needs to be referred to an enhanced IA. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this requirement is for administrative purposes. In Scotland this requirement is statutory where the donor and recipient have a stated relationship.
For genetically related individuals, birth certificates of donor and recipient and of other relatives where necessary to establish genetic connection, should be provided in order to verify the stated relationship. Where birth certificates are not available alternative evidence could include:
- Family photographs spanning the duration of the relationship
- Certified family tree
- An affidavit attesting to the relationship
- A statement / testimonial from an individual in a position of authority (e.g). lawyer, teacher, GP) who is able to attest to the validity of the relationship.
Although these cases are incredibly rare, for legal reasons the HTA must be made aware if the donor wishes for their organ to be donated to the deceased donor pool in the unlikely event it cannot be transplanted into the intended recipient.
It is also important that the medical practitioner with responsibility for the donor explains the risks and implications with the donor of their decision prior to the IA interview. This is particularly important where the donor chooses for the organ to be re-implanted due to the additional surgery required. The donor’s decision should be clearly documented in the HTA referral letter.
You can view our policy on organs that cannot be transplant here.
One of our Authority Members, Pamela Goldberg, has recently come to the end of her term on the HTA Board. Before she left she wrote a blog post about her time assessing living donation panel cases which you can read here.