These are the first guidelines on pancreas or islet transplantation published by the British Transplantation Society. It is hoped that these guidelines will inform clinical teams and patients regarding treatment options, provide guidance on clinical management, and suggest possible avenues for research and audit.
Guidelines on islet transplantation have been produced alongside those on pancreas transplantation as the treatment modalities are, at present, complementary. In addition, the UK is unique in that the deceased donor islet and pancreas allocation schemes are combined. It therefore makes sense for these guidelines to cover both treatments, with the expectation that a joint approach to assessing the patient with insulin-dependent diabetes will enable closer working between islet and pancreas transplant teams and optimal patient outcomes.