Alison has worked as an Outreach Nurse since the service commenced at Nottingham in 2000. The Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) Critical Care Outreach Service has developed and expanded according to the needs of the Trust, and now covers two large campuses. Her primary interests are improving the quality and safety of patient care; improving the patient experience; teaching, supporting and developing the multi-professional ward team, and continuing to adapt and update the track and trigger tool which was introduced in 2001.
She currently works as a Critical Skills educator and leads the trust Preceptorship Team. She has worked with specialist educators to develop a focussed 7 day acute care skills education programme for newly qualified nurses, and supporting them clinically in order to improving their experience when caring for sick patients in non-critical care areas. She is also working with other senior education leads to devise a strategic approach to inter-professional education at NUH.
She continues to work clinically as an Outreach nurse each month and liaises closely with the team.
Alison was part of the original team who instigated the National Outreach Forum, and was involved in writing the "The National Outreach Report - Progress in Developing Services in 2003". She is passionate about networking, sharing ideas and best practice both locally and nationally. She is currently chair of the National Outreach Forum Executive Board and is delighted to link closely with ICUsteps as part of the ongoing Patient and Public involvement Initiative.
Alison is the immediate past Chair of the National Outreach Forum and the interim NOrF Secretary.