Alison Leary is an independent healthcare consultant & researcher. Based in London but working on projects worldwide she has been commissioned by the UK National Health Service and other government, commercial, statutory and charitable sectors. Alison has also worked on numerous academic collaborations.

Alison’s interests are in the modelling of complex systems, data mining and pattern recognition. This includes workforce modelling in healthcare. Much of her work in this area in defining specialist practice including areas such as admission avoidance. In partnership with NHS Innovations Alison developed the SQL database Pandora which articulates the work of the clinical nurse specialists and the portable dataset Cassandra which can be used for rapid work sampling. 

Alison writes regularly for the general, trade and academic press. In 2015 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and in 2016 a Fellow of the Queen Nursing Institute and a Winston Churchill Fellow for which she examined high reliability organisations looking at safety. She was awarded an MBE for her services to safety and emergency workforce modelling in English League Football in 2019.

In recent years she has undertaken various projects around the modelling of complex systems in both the public and private sector and has a particular interest in the work of specialist practice and its value. She undertakes research & consultancy in this area-she also provides a service as an expert witness.