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Annya Stephens-Boal has a background in medical administration having worked as a PA/Executive Officer for 25 years in clinical, teaching and research fields in the NHS, private medicine, and university sector. In 2007 she took up the post as the Executive Officer for Lifeblood: the Thrombosis Charity which has been instrumental in campaigning for mandatory VTE risk assessment and is recognised as a key patient group for VTE in Europe.

She has a key role in running National Thrombosis Week and represents the views of patients and carers at Lifeblood Trustee meetings and also at NICE. She talks to people every day who have either developed clots themselves or who have lost family members to thrombosis and is acutely aware of the devastation this cause in people’s lives: she has a family history of VTE and both she and her sister have several diagnoses of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli.  Her mother died of a pulmonary embolism 27 years ago.

As Anya says “There is still a great deal of work to be done both with healthcare professionals and members of the public in the field of thrombosis awareness and research. My own Mum has been dead for nearly 30 years now, but the legacy of the way in which she died lives on.”