Professor Alison Richardson

Clinical Professor of Cancer Nursing and End of Life Care

Alison Richardson is a clinical academic nurse with more than 25 years experience as a cancer nurse. She graduated from the Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff and then trained to be a cancer nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital. She held a number of clinical positions at the Royal Marsden Hospital before becoming the Macmillan Lecturer in Cancer Care at King’s College London. She then went on to become the Lead Cancer Nurse of Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust newly formed cancer unit. In 1999, she was offered the position of Professor of Cancer & Palliative Nursing Care at King’s College London. She came to Southampton in 2009 when she took up her joint appointment between the University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust appointment as the first clinical chair in Cancer Nursing & End of Life Care in the UK.

She is recognised internationally for her research on fatigue in those affected by cancer, and more generally on the supportive care needs of cancer survivors. She leads a programme of work directed at discovering, testing and evaluating the introduction of novel forms of care and support to enhance the management of people affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions.

At the hospital she leads the development of research capacity and capability of nurses, midwives and allied health professions and provides strategic leadership to the senior nursing team in cancer care. Her ambition is to build a robust and sustainable cadre of clinical academic non-medical health professionals with a passion and ability to transform patient care.

Projects by Professor Alison Richardson