A DOCTOR with a double role has been named as one of the rising stars in the NHS.
Dr Alison Walker is a consultant in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care for the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and is also medical director of the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service.
She has been selected to join the Health Foundation's leadership fellows award scheme.
The scheme gives doctors two years of coaching, training, seminars and workshops designed to develop them personally and professionally.
Dr Walker has spent her entire career with the health service - first in dentistry and then in medicine.
In January 2004, she joined the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which covers Dewsbury and District Hospital, Pinderfields General Hospital and Pontefract General Infirmary.
In June 2005, she started her work for the ambulance service.
She is also medical director of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - a post she has held since 2002.
She said: "I'm delighted to be singled out for this award and am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.
"It will not only help my own development, but also benefit the ambulance service and hospitals where I work."
Dr Walker was one of 16 medical professionals chosen to be on the sceme.
The foundation chose Dr Walker because they thought she had the potential to "make significant improvements to the quality of healthcare in the UK".
Stephen Thornton, chief executive of The Health Foundation, said: "Alison and the other 15 winners demonstrated excellent leadership potential, combined with creative thinking and the ability to inspire others.
"I am confident that we have found the future stars of the NHS."