Karen joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2005 as a Macmillan Lecturer/Practitioner in Cancer Nursing with her teaching commitments spanning both the University and the Edinburgh Cancer Centre. Karen works in partnership with clinical educators to ensure widening access and lifelong learning in staff members, by supporting the development and the delivery of educational initiatives. In 2011 Karen was awarded a grant by Macmillan Cancer Support to develop and deliver a sustainable cancer education strategy for practitioners, caring for patients living with and beyond their cancer. Building on this ‘living with and beyond cancer’ programme of work, in 2014 Karen was awarded as a co-lead with Suzanne Cruickshank, the tender for the Evaluation of the ‘Transforming Care after Treatment’ Scotland Macmillan Programme. In 2016 Karen is now the PI for phase 2 Continuation of National Evaluation of TCAT: Ensuring and Enhancing the Evidence (TCAT) and Health Economic Evaluation Work Strand: Continuity and Quality.
Externally Karen is an active member of the East of Scotland Haematology Nurses Group and the International Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation Nursing Advisory Board and peer reviews for Cancer Nursing, Cancer Nursing Practice and Nurse Education in Practice.
Karen is the lead for the postgraduate education in cancer education which provides a suite of topics on Haemato-oncology, general cancer and treatment, and supporting people living with and beyond cancer.
Karen has completed the PgCert in Blended and Online Education and Edinburgh Napier Mentoring and Coaching Award (EN MCA) as part of her on going professional development. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Teaching Fellows Steering Group and chairs the Teaching Fellow Grant Applications within the university.