Director of Healthcare Science
NHS National Services Scotland
Having trained in Reproductive Biology, David Stirling spent some time working in Texas before joining the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Edinburgh. He then joined NHS Lothian in 1991 as a Clinical Scientist in Haematology. Over the next 25 years he lead the introduction of Molecular testing in Haematology, leading to a National service for genetics of bleeding disorders, and the introduction of molecular pathology testing. He introduced training for Clinical Scientists in Haematology and Molecular Pathology, and latterly served as Specialty lead for Laboratory Haematology in Lothian.
From 2011 to 2013 he took up a part time secondment to Scottish Government as Healthcare Science Officer, and in 2014 joined NHS NSS as Director of Healthcare Science.