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SHOT Steering Group

SHOT Steering Group

The Steering Group (SG) provides professional ownership and strategic direction, monitors the performance of SHOT and is accountable to the UK Forum through the Medical Director for the use of resources and management of the budget. Membership of the Steering Group will consist of nominated representatives of the Royal Colleges and other professional bodies. The Steering Group will always include the Medical Director, National Co-ordinator for Transfusion Transmitted Infections, the Operations Manager, and a representative from each of the following: Public Health England, a Consultant specialist in Transfusion Microbiology, BCSH Transfusion Task Force, the CMO’s National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC), and the UK Blood Transfusion Forum.

The SG will  be responsible for:

  • Formulating the recommendations based on SHOT findings and ensuring that these are endorsed and disseminated via professional bodies
  • Promoting and supporting SHOT recommendations and activities through their professional networks
  • Ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of the data
  • Monitoring and encouraging participation in UK haemovigilance

Steering Group members

SHOT Steering Group Chair

Professor Mark Bellamy
Consultant in Intensive Care, Leeds Teaching Hospitals & Professor of Critical Care, University of Leeds Intensive Care Unit, St James’s University Hospital

Representatives of Professional Bodies

British Blood Transfusion Society

Dr Heidi Doughty

British Society for Haematology 

Dr Sue Robinson
Consultant Haematologist

British Society of Gastroenterology


Public Health EnglandFaculty of Public Health

Dr Su Brailsford
Consultant in Epidemiology and Health Protection

Institute of Biomedical Science

Anne Lockhart

IBMS Fellow, Senior Biomedical Scientist Professional Manager, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC)

Dr Shubha Allard

NBTC Secretary

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Dr Krish Ramachandran
Consultant Anaesthetist

Royal College of Nursing

Ruth Burey

Professional Lead, Learning & Development. RCN Nursing Practice and Policy Directorate.
RCN Eastern Region and RCN West Midlands Region.

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Dr Felicity Plaat
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Royal College of Midwives

Mervi Jokinen
Practice and Standards Professional Advisor, The Royal College of Midwives
President European Midwives Association (EMA)
Vice Chair European Forum for National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA)

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Dr Ruth Gottstein
Consultant Neonatologist

Royal College of Pathologists

Dr Paula Bolton-Maggs
Chair Transfusion Medicine SAC

Royal College of Physicians

Dr James Reid

Royal College of Surgeons


The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Dr Ranga Mothukuri
Consultant, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine

The Intensive Care Society




SHOT National Co-ordinator for Infectious Diseases

Tali Yawitch
NHSBT/PHE Epidemiology Unit

Defence Medical Services

Major Andrew Miles

Scottish Clinical Transfusion Advisory Committee

Lynne Anderson

UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative

Rashmi Rook

UK Forum

Dr Gail Miflin

Medical and Research Director, NHS Blood & Transplant

Joint Professional Advisory Committee

Dr Sheila MacLennan

Expert in Patient Safety

Nina Vinall

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Mr Chris Robbie

Lay Member

Graham Donald

Honorary Steering Group Members

Dr Hannah Cohen – Founder member and former SHOT Steering Group Chair
Dr Lorna Williamson – Founder member
Dr John Barbara – Founder member
Dr Sue Knowles -Former Interim Medical Director of SHOT
Dr Elizabeth Love – Former National Medical Coordinator of SHOT
Prof John S P Lumley – Founder member
Dr Brian McClelland – Founder member
Dr Derek Norfolk – Founder member
Dr Dorothy Stainsby – Former National Medical Coordinator of SHOT
Dr Clare Taylor – Former SHOT Medical Director