Helen Aldersley is a liver recipient transplant co-ordinators currently employed by the Leeds teaching hospitals NHS trust. She qualified in 1989 and after gaining some general nursing experience spent 18 month working in Canada. On return Helen took up a staff nurse post in critical care at St James Hospital in Leeds where she developed an interest in transplantation. Since this time she has gained a varied experience in transplantation and organ donation both in Leeds and Birmingham. Her current role involves caring for patients and their relative through the liver transplant process from assessment through to 3 months after the surgery. Although hand transplantation has some obvious differences to liver transplantation there are also some distinct similarities, such as processes and support whilst awaiting transplantation and the medication regimes and side effects after transplantation.
Helen is currently undertaking her MSc in advanced practise at Leeds University
Role within the Hand Transplant Team:
- Transplant recipient management
- Waiting list management
- Recipient liaison