Alison Hopkins is Chief Executive of Accelerate Community Interest Company, a spin out from the NHS in 2011. Based in Tower Hamlets, Accelerate provides complex wound and lymphoedema services across London and the South East. Starting as a District Nurse, Alison has been in the tissue viability nursing specialism since 1989 and has an MSc in Psychology and Health. Her passion remains the creative use of compression therapy within leg ulcer management and quality of life issues for all patients. She continues to successfully raise the profile of complex wounds and lymphoedema within the long term conditions agenda. Alison held the position of Chair and Trustee for the Tissue Viability Society (2010-14). She has a number of publications, is a national and international speaker and launched the Accelerate Treatment Centre as the first Centre of Excellence for complex wound and lymphoedema care in September 2015.