The College is delighted to announce that the winner of the Percy Lane Oliver Memorial Award 2020, is Dr Heidi Doughty for her outstanding contribution to the fields of military and medical transfusion.
The standard of applications was extremely high this year, and after much deliberation the panel awarded the prize to Dr Heidi Doughty, for her work in the fields of military and medical transfusion. Her greatest impact has been her work on the practical aspects of emergency transfusion and emergency planning, translating lessons learnt from the military to wider healthcare.
Percy Lane Oliver won international renown for creating, as a member of the Camberwell Division of the Red Cross, the world’s first voluntary blood donor service in 1921.
The Oliver Memorial Fund was established in 1944, following his death, to perpetuate his memory and to, 'uphold the principle of voluntary blood donation; give public recognition to both professional and lay people who have made an outstanding contribution to the Science, Practice or Administration of Blood Transfusion; and ensure that the name and work of Percy Lane Oliver is recorded in medical history.'
In 2001, the Royal College of Pathologists took over the task of administering the Oliver Memorial Fund through Annual Awards to recognise achievements in transfusion medicine. The review process is overseen by the Transfusion Medicine Specialty Advisory Committee.
Dr Doughty’s award will be presented at the Advances in Transfusion Medicine Conference in November.