Alison Thomson is a designer and a researcher who has worked with the Barts MS Research team at Queen Mary University of London for over seven years. A core empirical part of her research investigates how the patient experiences of people with MS might be improved by way of design-research and design-led interventions. Part of this research involves understanding how health-care users can contribute to co-designed health services and how health-care futures might be re-imagined through design research.
In her current role as a Lecturer in Patient Public Involvement and Public Engagement at Queen Mary University of London, Alison established the Barts MS Patient Advisory Group. This group of expert patients reviews all projects that the Barts MS team are working on to ensure that they are in line with what the patient community would want or need. They have developed a number of award winning initiatives that have improved the patient experience and peoples understanding of MS Research on a global level.