Karen is the National Primary Care Nursing Lead in NHS England NHS / Improvement leading on the General Practice Nursing Ten Point Plan to support recruitment, retention and return of the nursing workforce in general practice. Prior to this she was primary care lead nurse (workforce) at Health Education England West Midlands leading on Training Hubs. She has held previous positions as Primary Care Nurse Facilitator in a CCG, and Clinical Lead Nurse for an NHS Walk – In Centre. She has a background as a General Practice Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Independent Nurse Prescriber and an MSc in Health Studies.
Karen has held various national roles to develop the HEE GPN career framework, nurse lead on the HEE primary care workforce commission ‘The future of primary care creating teams for tomorrow’, HEE national general practice nursing workforce plan ‘Recognise, Reform, Rethink’. Karen’s role as associate lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Health Care Research University of Birmingham has included visits to primary care in Denmark, Netherlands and China.
She has a particular interest in growing nursing leadership in primary care, and has developed a shared leadership programme for primary care known as ‘Triumvirate leadership’. Karen is a Queen’s Nurse and is a graduate of the QNI Executive Nurse Leaders Programme. She is currently involved in writing a book entitled ‘collaboration in primary care’.