'Happy' to join ambulance trust
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new executive medical director.
Dr Alison Walker has been named as the new executive medical director for South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT). She will join the organisation in April from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) where she has the same role.
Alison said: "I am delighted to be joining South Western Ambulance Service as executive medical director. Ambulance clinicians and systems can make a real difference to patient outcomes.
"And I am keen to apply my experience for the benefit of staff and patients."
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Alison brings a wealth of experience and expertise.
In addition to her role at YAS, she is medical director for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. In 2012, she became chair of the National Ambulance Service Medical Directors' Group and has been regional chair of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Group (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) since 2007.
SWASFT chief executive Ken Wenman said: "I am delighted Alison is joining the trust to expand the important clinical leadership role.
"She is passionate about working with all frontline staff to ensure patients receive the very best clinical care."
Dr Walker will spend four days a week with SWASFT. Her other roles have included medical adviser to the Chief Fire Officers Association Immediate Emergency Care Group and member of the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC).