Alison Stansfield is a learning disability psychiatrist who began her training in Cambridge where she first developed her interest in autism. She moved to Leeds to complete her specialist training and then worked in Yorkshire as a consultant. She was employed by the Yorkshire and Humber Secure Services Commissioning Team to review people with learning disabilities and autism who required treatment in conditions of security.
From 2010 to 2013, she was the Associate Medical Director for Learning Disabilities in Leeds but relinquished the post to concentrate on her role as Clinical Lead for the Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS) after successfully submitting business cases that resulted in permanent funding. She has co-authored five publications describing the service development of LADS in Advances in Autism and has contributed four chapters to the book ABC of Autism (Wiley Blackwell). She has produced a series of educational films for GPs with Dr James McGrath (available on YouTube - search Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service) and was recently filmed talking about autistic mums for a perinatal masterclass.
Prior to her retirement, she led the team in a quality improvement process that resulted in successful succession planning and the team meeting national waiting list targets.