Professor Matthew Cramp

Professor Matthew Cramp has won the Excellence in Transplantation Award as part of the 2021 UK Awards for Excellence in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation.

Presented at the British Transplantation Society and NHSBT Organ Donation and Transplantation Joint Congress, held virtually this year, the awards recognise outstanding professionals and volunteers in the field of organ donation and transplantation across the UK. Winners in a total of nine categories were selected by a panel of clinicians, donor families, patients and lay representatives.

Professor Cramp, Consultant Hepatologist at University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP) and Chair in Hepatology at the University of Plymouth, was nominated by a number of his colleagues due to his commitment and dedication in ensuring that patients across the South West receive equitable access to liver transplantation opportunities, which greatly impressed the judges.

“Matthew has worked tirelessly for Hepatology patients since he arrived at Derriford. His vision for patients in the South West to get the best possible outcomes is really admirable; he fights for them to get what they need and what they deserve,” explains Katie Ramos, Liver Transplant Nurse Specialist. “In particular, Matthew’s emphasis on multidisciplinary team working to achieve a patient centred care service is really unique and clearly benefits our patients.”

Dr David Sheridan, Service Line Director for Hepatology at UHP, added: 

“Matthew has been instrumental in developing an effective clinical network across the Peninsula, and building our trusted relationship with the liver transplant programme at Kings College Hospital. His leadership has been instrumental in providing the best possible and more localised pre and post-transplant care. We are seeing excellent patient outcomes to that effect. His expertise and strong clinical leadership has led to the development of shared care services for liver patients across the South West, and inspired future generations of Hepatologists.”

Professor Cramp, who leads the University's Hepatology Research Group, hopes to one day see even more localised services available for liver patients in the South West. He said: 

“I'm very pleased and proud to have been given this award, which is a reflection of the great progress we have made over many years to build and develop liver transplant services for people living in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and a testament to the excellent outcomes we have delivered for patients over many years. As always this progress has been a result of a sustained team effort and I am so grateful for the help provided by so many colleagues here at the South West Liver Unit but especially the fantastic nurse team led by Amanda Clements and Katie Ramos.”

Hepatology Research Group

The hepatology research group (HRG) is an integral part of the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMed). We utilise state of the art laboratory facilities based in the John Bull Building, and the world class clinical research strengths of the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNT).

We work in unison with the South West Liver Unit, at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, providing a full range and secondary, tertiary and community Hepatology services to the South West region, including assessment for liver transplantation, TIPS and liver cancer therapy.

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