Alison Austin

Dr Alison Austin

Deputy Director of Research, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Alison Austin is Deputy Director of Research in the Innovation, Research and Life Sciences Group within NHS England and NHS Improvement. Her role is to raise the profile of research across NHSE/I and ensure we take a cross organisational approach to supporting research in the NHS. Improving patient outcomes by embedding research in healthcare practice across all NHS settings, and increasing the number and diversity of people accessing and taking part in research.

Alison has worked on health, medical or research related policies in a number of Government Departments including Department of Health; Medical Devices Agency; Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills; and the Treasury. She is a qualified nurse with 13 years front line experience and has a degree in molecular biology and a PhD in molecular endocrinology.