Alison PottleNurse Consultant
In 2000 Alison Pottle was appointed as Nurse Consultant in Cardiology, one of the first cardiology nurse consultant posts in the country. She initially had 3 areas of clinical responsibility – running the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic, setting up and running PCI follow-up clinics and establishment of an LDL-apheresis service at Harefield. The role and responsibilities have expanded greatly in the 14 years she has been in post. In 2014 Alison established a new pre-admission unit and is in the process of extending pre-admission services to all elective admissions. Alison now manages a team of 16 clinical nurse specialists, admin and allied health professional staff.
Alison trained at St Mary’s Paddington and first came to Harefield Hospital in 1985. In 1986 she left to undertake the ENB 124 CCU course at West Middlesex. She returned to Harefield in 1987 and initially worked as the Senior Staff Nurse on one of the Medical wards. She was promoted to Sister in 1988 and continued in this role until 1995 when she set up the post of Resuscitation Officer for the hospital. She then worked 2 days a week as Resuscitation Officer and 3 days a week as Senior Sister on the medical high dependency unit, prior to her appointment as Nurse Consultant in Cardiology.
Alison achieved first prize in the Cardiac Nursing Awards in 2008 for excellence in primary or secondary prevention. She has been published in a number of cardiac and nursing journals on a wide range of subjects. Alison is also an Advanced Life Support Instructor and was responsible for setting up and running the Advanced Life Support Course at Harefield.