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Dr Alison Wallis

"The NHS has supported my family when they have needed it and have treated us with genuine care and compassion. I am proud of that ethos."

Alison Wallis is Clinical Director for our Children and Young People’s Services and joined the NHS in 1995.

Having started as an assistant psychologist, Alison then when on to do her clinical training in 1997, and has been working as a qualified clinical psychologist in the NHS since 2000.

Alison has always worked in the NHS (except for a brief time working at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill before choosing her career!) and when we asked her why she enjoys working for the NHS she said: “I enjoy working in an environment that anyone can have access to. Within children’s services, I am in the privileged position to be able to support young people and their families to reach their potential.

“The NHS enables me to my work as part of a team, who have shared goal and values. My role is varied and challenging and my continued development is supported and encouraged by those I work with.”

We asked Alison if there are some challenges working in the NHS: “The NHS can be a tough place to work and sustain the necessary momentum. Supervision, training and support of all staff should be central to delivering a high quality service and the NHS really recognises this.”

When speaking about why the NHS is so important to us all, Alison said: “It is open for all and free at the point of contact. We have highly trained and ethical workers throughout the NHS who are committed to offering the best patient care.

“Within the NHS we are involved in research that supports developments in all aspects of assessment and intervention and as clinicians we are able to access and utilise that best evidence to keep on improving.

“The NHS has supported my family when they have needed it and have treated us with genuine care and compassion. I am really proud of that ethos.”