After completing her first degree in English Language and Literature, Alison worked in community-based mental health and housing projects for several years before training as a social worker. Initially she worked in child protection before moving into the health sector and working in a pioneering hospital team for adults and children affected by HIV and AIDS. She subsequently spent several years working in two tertiary NHS hospitals with individuals, families and children living with cancer, cystic fibrosis and other heart and lung conditions. Alison was also seconded for one year to establish a schools-based social work service for an inner London local authority. As a social worker, Alison developed her teaching interests, designing and delivering education and training courses for medical, nursing and home care staff and leading seminars for medical students at King's College London. She began working as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University on K260 (Death and Dying) and K100/KZX100 and K101 (An Introduction to Health and Social Care).
In 2004 Alison moved into full-time lecturing and began teaching on a social work programme in an inner London University, before joining the OU as a central academic in 2008.
Alison is now a lecturer on the OU social work programme, based at Walton Hall. She chairs the level 3 social work practice module (K315) and led the production of a recent rewrite of the module. Alison leads on practice and suitability issues for the social work team at the OU. She is a member of the OU Human Research Ethics Committee, having also served on NHS Research Ethics Committees since 2005, including City and the London and the Institute of Psychiatry. Currently Alison serves as a member of the Riverside Research Ethics Committee.
Health care ethics
Black and minority ethnic students' experiences in practice placements
Student writing and scholarship
Death and dying/living with life-threatening illness
Multi-agency and interprofessional working
Working with Life-threatening conditions
Alison has acted as an External Examiner and external validator for undergraduate and postgraduate health and social care and social work programmes for fifteen years.
Languages: French and Italian