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Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Angie Scales

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NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of lead nurse for paediatric and neonatal donation and transplantation Angie Scales

I am currently the Lead Nurse for Paediatric and Neonatal Donation and Transplantation in NHS Blood and Transplant an organisation I originally joined in 2010 as a specialist nurse.

“I have been very privileged to be able to lead on this throughout my time as a specialist nurse”

Angie Scales

Prior to this most of my nursing career has been on the paediatric intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital in various roles from staff nurse through to sister and latterly a clinical nurse specialist in family support and bereavement.

Organ Donation where the child is the donor has been my main area of interest throughout my time with NHS Blood and Transplant and I have been very privileged to be able to lead on this throughout my time as a specialist nurse, as part of the Professional Development Team and then more strategically in my current role.

My working week is always very varied, ranging from running a paediatric simulation course, attending advisory and committee meetings and directly supporting specialist nurses with any challenges they may face while facilitating a process where the child is the donor.

“Every day is different and provides its own challenges but also untold rewards”

Angie Scales

The focus of my current work is to deliver a National Strategic Plan for Organ Donation from Paediatric and Neonatal Units across the UK. This is exciting times and is a chance to fully understand the specific challenges but also real opportunities donation in this area presents us.

NHS Blood and Transplant has given me so many opportunities to develop both professionally and personally, challenging me but also giving me the freedom and autonomy to develop, lead and push boundaries that I have not experienced anywhere else.

Every day is different and provides its own challenges but also untold rewards in seeing the benefit to families of children that have donated organs and the outcome of successful donation that continues to really change lives on a daily basis.

NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This includes managing the donation, storage and transplantation of blood, organs, tissues, bone marrow and stems cells, and researching new treatments and processes. Find out more about nursing careers at NHS Blood and Transplant.

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