Professor Alison Britton

Professor of Healthcare and Medical Law/Head of Department
Department of Economics and Law
Professor Alison Britton joined GCU in 2001. She studied at the University of Glasgow where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree and Masters of Philosophy in Law & Ethics in Medicine. In her early career, she was a 'visiting' lecturer at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, followed by an appointment at the University of Glasgow, Centre for Law and Medical Ethics.

Alison Britton specialises in public healthcare, clinical negligence, mental health law and professional ethics at Glasgow Caledonian University. In recent years, her interests have focused upon the practical application and the role of law in matters of public health.

She has been involved in consultancy work for the World Health Organisation, the Department of Health (England and Wales) and the organisation, Childlessness Overcome through Surrogacy(C.O.T.S). She has sat on two BMA ethics’ committees, contributing to their Codes of Practice on Advance Statements. She has delivered presentations nationally, and internationally, provided training for health care organisations, and taken part in radio and television broadcasts – she was also consultant on a medico-legal story line in Merseyside Television’s Brookside series! She has recently completed three year tenure as Subject Lead for Law.

Alison was appointed legal adviser to the Health Committee of the Scottish Parliament for the Adult Support and Protection (Sc) Act 2007 and Health and Sport Committee on the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill in 2010.

She is the Convenor of the Health and Medical Law Sub Committee for the Law Society of Scotland.

Alison is an honorary tutor in Cardiff School of Medicine for collaborative work with Cardiff University and the British Pain Society on palliative care and resolution of law and damages for patients in chronic pain. She is a regular visitor to the Grameen College of Nursing, Dhaka, Bangladesh, advising on Academic Quality Enhancement, Audit and Design in learning and teaching. She delivered their inaugural Professorial Lecture in May 2014.

In May 2017, she was commissioned by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to conduct a review into the process of establishing, managing and supporting Independent Inquiries and Reviews in Scotland (with specific reference to The Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants). This Review has been established to examine the processes relating to the establishment, management and support of Independent Inquiries and Reviews in Scotland.