Allison began her Occupational Health career in 1986 at Macclesfield Hospitals. She suggests that if you can advise on personal health and workplace issues with NHS staff, you can provide the service to anyone!
Allison has worked for a number of national and regional organisations and being part of some significant changes in industry, OH provision and specialists medical services, such as; the National Drug and Alcohol policy for British Rail, changing OH provision from a treatment based to a proactive/nurse-led service delivery model and introducing access to EMDR post trauma. All of which have improved the health of the employees under her care and the professional role of occupational health nurses.
As Secretary to the North West OH Group, Formally Greater Manchester OH Group, she worked collaboratively with other Board members to provide study days, annual conferences and encouraged members to apply for educational bursaries to ensure they met professional standards for PREP and their own practice.
Allison is very passionate about OH and promoting its values both within and outside the profession. Allison is keen that all nurses in OH have a professional support network they can rely on to benchmark professional standards.
Allison is now a Board member of The FOHN, taking on the role of Communication and Marketing. She works closely with the rest of the board members including nurse education and legal support/advice. Allison hopes that in time all OH nurses and those new to the speciality will consider The FOHN as the ‘one stop shop’ for all things Occupational Health.
In her spare time Allison enjoys the gym, cycling and socialising with friends, she is also Vice Chair at an Academy High School.