Alison trained as Registered General Nurse in London before specialising in Children’s Nursing in Leeds where she worked in children’s oncology, paediatric surgery and children’s medical and surgical day care. With a special interest in the psychological health care needs of children and adolescents in hospital, she completed a BA Hons in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1998, here at the University of York.
In 2000 she joined the Department of Health Sciences as part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Pathway team, with a specific remit to develop a learning package specifically for health and social care professionals not working in Mental Health wishing to develop knowledge and skills in caring for children and young people with mental health issues (Positive Mental Health Learning Package).
In 2002 she also joined the Child Health Team and achieved a Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education gaining teacher status with the NMC.
In 2007 Alison went on to complete an MSc in Health Professional Education at The University of Huddersfield.
Alison has a special interest in child and adolescent development and mental health, adolescent health care issues specifically related to chronic illness and transition and coordinates child and adolescent mental health care education and practice experience for pre-registration Child Field BSc students.
More recently, Alison has developed an assessment strategy for the Normal Child and Adolescent Module utilising online academic assessment submission and has also contributed to the development of an online distance learning module for practitioners working with children in non-paediatric settings (Recognising the Sick Child or Young Person (9-19 years) module).