Joan Jones awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Joan Jones, Head of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Compliance for the Welsh Blood Service, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Joan, who lives in Swansea and works at the Welsh Blood Service HQ in Talbot Green, has worked in NHS transfusion services in Wales since 1971. She joined the Welsh Blood Service in 2004.

Within the Welsh Blood Service she is responsible for ensuring all blood safety and quality requirements are met as defined by regulatory bodies.

As well as managing a demanding day job, Joan voluntarily offers her expertise to many groups and organisations, including the UK Cell Salvage Action Group and Better Blood Transfusion Network.

Joan helped to translate the EU Blood Directive into UK law and chaired the UK-wide NHS Operational Impact Group’s examination of the impact of the regulations on hospital transfusion laboratories.

She has also worked with the Ministry of Defence and was appointed HM Forces Consultant Advisor in Transfusion Medicine, her outstanding contribution helping to deliver a world class service which has saved many lives.

Joan said: “I am thrilled and delighted to have been given this award. Throughout my career I have been involved in creating innovative work programmes to achieve a reduction in issues associated with transfusion.

“In many ways this award is not just for me but for all the people I’ve worked with and those who have supported me over the years.”

Cath O’Brien, Director of the Welsh Blood Service, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Joan has been awarded an MBE. This is a richly deserved honour as her expertise, dedication and commitment to service improvement in the UK and worldwide is widely recognised.”

Joan has actively advised the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as a key advisor on the application of blood quality regulations.

Her belief that good practice, safety and quality are underpinned by education has been reinforced by her lecturing on blood transfusion. Joan has been a guiding influence in the development of a generation of transfusion practitioners as they have developed their practice.

Joan provides her advice and expertise in a number of voluntary activities, including assessing and editing professional standards, policy and practice developments for the British Society of Haematology, advising the Institute of Biomedical Science, and as Honorary Secretary for the British Blood Transfusion Society.