Karen qualified as a Podiatrist in 1983 and developed a career in the NHS initially in Podiatry before diversifying into Quality and Clinical Governance. She has always had a particular interest in supporting fellow Podiatrists particularly in helping them gain access to learning and development.
Karen spent 9 years as part of the Union Learning Fund Project Team which supported Podiatrists to access work-based learning through the Trade Union route. She now works as the Academic Workplace Tutor at University of Plymouth where she is a key member of the team delivering the Podiatry MSc and BSc Degree Apprenticeships. This University work is complemented by her role as the Nursing Home Lead Podiatrist at Foot Rescue in Bournemouth where she delivers and champions patient-centred podiatry care for people living with Dementia.
Karen obtained an MSc in Taught Research and is currently progressing her interest in research by looking at the potential impact on the career choices of young women that have undertaken the Girl Guides foot-related “Step Up” Challenge Badge. This was developed in conjunction with the University and seeks to stimulate a positive interest in feet through study and through fun activities such as making models of the foot and its bones out of marshmallows, vegetables or cheesy scones!
Karen is currently studying to obtain her Associate Fellowship with Advance HE, so her spare time is limited, but it is normally spent walking with her husband and Golden Retriever dog on the beaches and countryside in and around Dorset.