Health minister Anne Milton has urged nurses to play an active part in efforts to boost donation rates, which are still failing to keep up with demand.
The profession was in a “unique position” to help educate and guide families on the importance of donation and the donor register, she said ahead of a visit to the renal unit at the Royal London Hospital in east London to mark national transplant week.
She said: “I would urge nurses to keep these important issues at the forefront of their minds to help boost the register and improve donation rates.”
Ms Milton told Nursing Times she thought nurses were already “pretty good at talking to people about these sorts of issues” but noted the medical profession possibly found it harder.
Since April NHS Blood and Transplant has begun replacing the title of transplant coordinator with specialist nurse for organ donation. The service’s assistant director Anthony Clarkson told Nursing Times the term nurses was seen as more caring by patients.
He added that NHS Blood and Transplant was attempting to expand its specialist nurse workforce from 175 to around 200 by next April.