Alison is a graduate in Russian who ran medical, scientific and humanitarian projects in the area affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Her career was cut short when she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after her colleagues were killed in the course of her work. The consequences included homelessness, multiple admissions to hospital and identity loss. Alison resolved early on to put her experiences to good use and in the process started to reconnect with the assets that being a passive recipient of 'care' had frozen.
She is a freelance consultant in patient leadership and effective public engagement involving speaking at conferences, running workshops and writing. She advises NHS, housing and social care organisations on how to work in genuine partnership with those on the receiving end of services. She has been fellow of Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care since 2013, working alongside clinicians, academics and other healthcare professionals to improve outcomes for and with patients in the north west London area. She also recently joined the NHS IQ Horizons team as a transformation fellow bringing the patient perspective to the work of the team.
In 2014, Alison was named by the HSJ as one of the top 50 inspirational women in health and this year was the first patient leader to graduate from the NHS Leadership Academy with a post-graduate qualification in health care leadership.