Skip to main content

Organs: Donors

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department plans to measure the effectiveness of the Give and Let Live donor education programme; (210151)

(2) whether the Give and Let Live donor education programme is a pilot programme.

The “Give and Let Live” teachers pack and website was developed in 2006-07, and piloted in some schools following consultation and evaluation. The pack was then offered to all secondary schools in September 2007. Further evaluation of the pack is currently underway.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 16 to 20 and (b) 21 to 25 years are included on the (i) British bone marrow register, (ii) NHS blood donor register and (iii) NHS organ donor register. (210153)

NHS Blood and Transplant have provided information in the following table of the number of people aged 16-20 years and 21-25 years who are on the British Bone Marrow Register, registered to donate blood and on the Organ Donor Register.

Number of people registered on the British bone marrow register

18 to 20 years1

1,460

21 to 25 years

20,830

1 Minimum lower age to join registry is 18 years old.

Number of people registered as blood donors (England North Wales)

17 to 20 years1

73,300

21 to 25 years

162,400

1 Minimum lower age to join registry is 17 years old.

Number of people on organ donor register

16 to 20 years1

86,3361

21 to 25 years

1,378,685

1 There is no lower age limit for joining registry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what process was used for selecting the marketing company for the Give and Let Live donor education programme; (210154)

(2) how his Department plans to measure the performance of the marketing company for the Give and Let Live donor education programme.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) followed the Central Office of Information (COI) procurement procedures to tender for the Give and Let Live education pack and website. The process selected three agencies from the COI Official Journal of the European Union framework agreement. Each agency was invited to pitch to a panel consisting of representatives from NHSBT and COI. A specialist education agency was appointed.

NHSBT and COI regularly monitor the work of the specialist education agency to ensure it is following the project plan and continuing to meet the project objectives.

Independent evaluation of the Give and Let Live pack and website is currently underway.