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Dr Edwin Massey named new Medical Director of WBS

Dr Edwin Massey will commence his new role as the Medical Director, for Welsh Blood Service in April 2023, replacing Dr Janet Birchall who has retired from service.

Edwin has over 20 years of experience in blood transfusion, including previous roles working for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston.

Before joining the Welsh Blood Service in 2021 as a Consultant Haematologist, Edwin was Responsible Officer and Associate Medical Director for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services for NHSBT.

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While I was training in haematology in Wales, I was always impressed by the reputation of the Welsh Blood Service

Dr Edwin Massey

“Having recently returned to work here, I have enjoyed myself thoroughly, thanks to the commitment and support of my colleagues. I am looking forward to the exciting challenges of this role.”

Edwin is the Chair of the British Society of Haematology Transfusion Task Force and is also Chair of the Standing Advisory Committee for Immunohaematology (SAC-IH) for the UK Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services.

As part of his new role as WBS Medical Director, Edwin will also be the Assistant Medical Director (AMD) of Velindre University NHS Trust. In this role, Edwin will coordinate the implementation of the recently updated Blood Health Plan across NHS Wales.

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The plan sets out the direction for transfusion practice to ensure that throughout NHS Wales, the focus is on meeting the needs of patients, and supporting donors, so they can safely donate to achieve this. Edwin and his team are also responsible for clinical leadership of the safety and quality of services, including research, development and innovation.

Speaking of Edwin’s appointment, Alan Prosser, Director of the Welsh Blood Service, said: “I am delighted Edwin has been appointed to the role of Welsh Blood Service Medical Director. His transfusion and haematology expertise and experience will be crucial in shaping our clinical services and strategic direction, and I have no doubt he will build on the successes and achievements of his predecessor, Dr Janet Birchall.

Edwin will also play a vital leadership role in supporting Velindre University NHS Trust, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. In addition, he will be integral at the UK level in supporting the UK blood establishment Forum and European Blood Alliance activities”.

Edwin replaces Dr Janet Birchall, who will be retiring in March after five years in the role.