A walk-through Alison’s career…
I completed my medical training in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2011 and then I went on to carry out foundation and speciality rotations between Edinburgh and Aberdeen during 2011-2014. My training during this time encompassed general medicine, psychiatry, surgical specialties and critical care work. Following this, I moved to the North East of England to pursue a career in surgery; I then fell out of love with this and whilst looking for other career options, I came across occupational medicine training and have never turned back!
I completed my consultant training in the NHS between North Tees, North East Ambulance Service, Northumbria and Newcastle. During training I gained experience in delivering occupational health provision for SMEs and local authorities; I’m certified in performing HAVS tier 4 assessments and offshore OGUK medicals, as well as being an HSE Appointed Doctor in ionising radiation and asbestos.
My research dissertation in training was on rehabilitation after carpal tunnel surgery and safe return to work and I have ongoing interest in post-surgical rehabilitation.
Finally, arriving at UKIM…
In my newly appointed role as Consultant Occupational Physician at UKIM, I look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues and engaging with different contracts to deliver high level occupational health services. I am committed to expanding the Occupational Health Department through different contracts, networking, and building upon pre-existing connections.
Day-to-day I will be working across contracts and relevant sites performing case management, review of health surveillance, cases for ill health retirement as well as development of policy and standard operating procedures.
I am engaged with ongoing education and professional development with the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisors and Society of Occupational Medicine and strive to continually ensure best practise.
An unexpected fact is that I used to compete at international level in Orienteering, which is essentially running with a map!