Lisa Burnapp has been in renal nursing since she qualified in 1985 and was appointed as a consultant nurse in living donor kidney transplantation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust after completing her MA in medical law and ethics in 2002.
She has been involved with the living donor programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals since 1995 and has retained a clinical attachment to the programme after her appointment in August 2010 to NHS Blood and Transplant as lead nurse for living donation within the Directorate of Organ Donation and Transplantation. She is now Associate Director, Living Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant and is currently President of the British Transplantation Society.
Paul Gibbs qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1992. He did his higher surgical training in South West England, 1997 to 2004, which included an MD in renal transplant immunology. He worked in renal transplant units in Cardiff, Oxford and Portsmouth before being appointed as a vascular and renal transplant surgeon in Portsmouth in February 2005, where he is clinical director of the transplant programme. He has performed many non-directed kidney transplants.
Dr. Adnan Sharif graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 and underwent his medical and nephrology training in Cardiff and Birmingham respectively, while achieving his research MD in the field of post-transplantation diabetes.
He took up his Consultant Nephrologist post at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in 2011 with a special interest in renal transplantation and is an Honorary Reader at the University of Birmingham. He has an active research focus and is currently Chief Investigator on a number of prospective cohort and randomized clinical trials in nephrology and transplantation. Adnan serves as board member for the UK Organ Donation and Transplant Research Network research stream, co-leading on the long-term outcomes theme.
In addition to his clinical and research interests, Adnan is the Secretary of the non-Government Organization Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) which campaigns against illegal and unethical organ procurement around the globe. The group was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 & 2017 and received the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice in 2019.
Adnan is on the Board of Trustees for Kidney Research UK and the Global Kidney Foundation. He sits on the British Transplantation Society Council representing Transplant Nephrology. He is also a long-term member of the National BAME Transplantation Alliance that seeks to promote blood, stem cell and organ donation from minority ethnic groups in the UK and has been involved in numerous campaigns regionally and nationally to raise awareness of organ donation in under-represented communities.
Paul van den Bosch is a GP. He qualified from Charing Cross Hospital in 1978 and has worked both in the UK and overseas in Zambia and the Solomon Islands. Since 2002 he has worked at a small practice in Pirbright near Guildford and for the local addiction service. He donated a kidney in 2008, which he says was very straightforward, “despite my grumbles about the assessment process to Lisa [Burnapp], who was my excellent and long suffering transplant co-ordinator.” Since then he has been looking at ways to encourage people to donate, so he was very pleased to join Give a Kidney at its inception.
Sanjiv Gohil talks about his decision to give a kidney to a someone he does not know.
Extraordinary people who have donated kidneys to people they do not know tell why they did it
We aim to publicise why more living kidney donors are needed and to support people who are considering this type of donation.
Patients with kidney failure have the option of dialysis or transplantation when both their kidneys fail. A kidney transplant can provide patients with freedom from regular dialysis, a better quality of life and longer life expectancy. Unfortunately, very few patients have someone who can give them a kidney, and on average most patients have to wait on dialysis for two to three years before a kidney becomes available on the national deceased donor transplant waiting list.
Although the UK performs more than 2500 kidney transplantations a year, there are around 6000 people waiting for a kidney transplant, and around 300 people in the UK die each year in need of a kidney.
Despite the shortage of donors, we know that many people would be willing to donate a kidney if they knew how to do so.
Our aim is to raise awareness of kidney donation and support people through the giving process.