Alison Paice HillBMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2971 (Published 03 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2971
- George Freeman
Alison Paice Hill began her medical career with all the signs of being a rising star. Her drive and wits helped her break barriers as a woman in a male dominated profession. She ultimately became a passionate advocate for the value of emotional intelligence, which she felt should be recognised as a cornerstone of good care.
Key to this evolution in Alison’s thinking was a groundbreaking piece of mid-career research on difficult consultations in general practice. Her innovative technique was to record these interactions and then take patients and doctors separately through the transcripts, mapping the emotional landscape by getting them to voice their feelings and motivations at each stage.
After this, Alison moved from a successful trajectory in national medical politics to a series of roles focused on enabling better care by resolving misunderstandings between doctors and patients.
Alison grew up in Palmers Green. Her parents were Ian Hill, a Londoner and thoracic surgeon at Barts, and Agnes (née Paice), …