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Evaluation of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act

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  • Release date: 30 November 2017
On the 1 December 2015, the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act came into full effect. It introduced a soft opt-out system for consent to organ and tissue donation.

Impact evaluation report

The overall aim of this evaluation is to assess the initial impact that the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act has had on organ donation rates in Wales. This report will also summarise the findings of the other research strands which make up the overall evaluation.

Organ donation legislation: discussing decisions with family

This research set out to explore:
  • whether people understand the importance of discussing organ donation decisions with family
  • barriers to discussing organ donation decisions with family
  • potential role for communications in overcoming barriers to discussing organ donation with family
  • reactions to existing organ donation legislation communications (two bus adverts used during 2016).

NHS Wales Staff Survey Wave 2

In light of the change to the organ and tissue donation system, the Welsh Government commissioned GfK to carry out research to help understand NHS staff views on the change. The objectives of the project, which is part of a wider programme of research and evaluation, were to:
  • understand attitudes, expectations and level of knowledge about the new system
  • identify staff whose work may be impacted by the introduction of the new system
  • measure changes over time in the views of NHS staff and the expected impact on their work
  • identify changes to working practices as a result of the implementation of the Act
  • identify any unexpected issues caused by the move to the soft opt out system.


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