Alison studied a physics at Southampton University followed by a Master’s degree in Radiation Physics at what was then the Middlesex Hospital (now University College Hospital – UCLH) in London. She started work as a basic grade physicist at University College Hospital, working in Radiotherapy Physics. She moved across Tottenham Court Road to work back at the Middlesex Hospital site when the two hospitals merged to become UCLH, gaining promotion to first Senior and then Principal Radiotherapy Physicist. One of her main interests has been in brachytherapy physics (implanting radioactive sources into, or close to a tumour). At UCLH she was involved in pioneering work to treat cancer of the bile duct with a high dose-rate afterloading source via a naso-biliary tube.
In 1999 Alison became Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and in 2002 oversaw the commissioning of a brand new Radiotherapy Department with £20m investment in technology. The Department in Norwich has expanded since this time and treatment techniques have developed dramatically in both accuracy and complexity. The Department in Norwich is one of the busiest in the country but has managed to introduce techniques such as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), Image guided brachytherapy and most recently Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SABR) for lung cancer treatment.
Alison is currently serving as a trustee of the College of Radiographers.
Alison was also a STEMM Role Model at the 2015 Women of the Future Conference: