The Welsh Blood Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Janet Birchall as its new Medical Director.

Janet has over 28 years’ experience in blood transfusion, including 14 years as a consultant Haematologist at NHS Blood & Transplant. Janet will be taking over the role from Dr Stephen Field, who has joined the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.

Janet recently chaired the British Society of Haematology guidelines for the use of platelet transfusions, and is currently one of the clinical leads for the National Comparative Audit of red cell and platelet use in adult haematology patients.

In her new role, Janet will be responsible for developing a team of clinicians and scientists to drive forward service transformation across the Welsh Blood Service, including its emerging role in regenerative medicine. Janet and her team will be responsible for clinical leadership of the safety and quality of services, including its research and innovation activity. She will also undertake the role of Assistant Medical Director (AMD) of Velindre NHS Trust.

Janet said: “I’m really looking forward to making a positive contribution in an already very successful organisation.”

Speaking of Janet’s appointment, Cath O’Brien, Director of the Welsh Blood Service, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Janet to the service. Her expertise and experience will be crucial in shaping the clinical environment in which we operate and she will play an integral role in liaising with all of our hospitals across Wales.

”We are confident that Janet’s expertise will ensure we make progress against our strategic vision for the future.”

Janet will also be responsible for coordinating the implementation of a new Blood Health Plan across NHS Wales. The plan sets out the direction for blood health and transfusion practice to ensure safety and quality are at the core of care throughout NHS Wales.

The Welsh Blood Service is looking forward to welcoming Janet to the team in 2018.