A leading nurse has been appointed to head up organ donation and transplantation services across the UK.
Anthony Clarkson has held the director of organ donation and transplantation role at NHS Blood and Transplant on an interim basis since August 2018 and said he was “honoured” to have now secured the job long-term.
“I know that he is deeply committed to saving and improving lives through organ donation”
“I am honoured and excited to be appointed to the position of director of organ donation and transplantation,” said Mr Clarkson.
“The challenge to continue to save and improve the lives of those waiting for an organ transplant by providing excellent care to organ donors and their families has always inspired me,” he added.
Qualifying as a registered nurse in 1994, Mr Clarkson specialised in head and neck surgery, before moving into the National Blood Service in 1997.
Initially working in blood and live tissue donation, he expanded his role in 2000 to include deceased tissue donation after travelling to the US to become a certified tissue banking specialist.
The National Blood Service was merged with UK Transplant in 2005 to create NHS Blood and Transplant. The organisation now provides the blood donation service for England and the organ donation service for the UK.
Mr Clarkson has held a number of different roles in the group including head of clinical development and assistant director of organ donation and nursing.
He will take over the permanent director role from Sally Johnson who has been NHS Blood and Transplant’s interim chief executive but is due to retire in April 2019.
Ms Johnson said Mr Clarkson’s leadership had been “instrumental” to the organisation’s work to create a world class organ donation service in the UK.
“I am delighted to confirm Anthony’s appointment,” she said. “Having worked closely with Anthony for eight years, I know that he is deeply committed to saving and improving lives through organ donation.”