Karen is a medical professional in the clinical negligence department.
Karen qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1982, having trained at a major London teaching hospital. Following qualification she worked as a staff nurse on general surgical and gynaecology wards. She then moved to the gynaecology day unit, where she was the lead nurse.
In 1987 Karen qualified as a Registered Midwife, having trained in a regional obstetric unit. She worked as a staff midwife in all areas of obstetrics, including midwife led antenatal clinics, antenatal wards, delivery suite (including obstetric theatre), postnatal wards and also in the neonatal intensive care and high dependency units.
Karen qualified as a community nurse in 1993. Following qualification she worked for several years in a combined role - that of community nurse / community midwife in an isolated farming community on the edge of the Lake District. As team leader Karen had responsibility for her own caseload, as well as the team's caseload. The role had considerable management and budgetary responsibilities.
Karen was responsible for home confinements in her own area, and for outlying areas too. She also spent time working in a midwife led community based birth centre.
The community nursing role entailed responsibility for end of life care - an area of nursing that Karen found particularly rewarding.
Karen has worked as a GP practice nurse running several clinics, including diabetes and cervical cytology clinics. She also ran immunisation clinics for newborns and travel vaccination clinics.
Karen gained the asthma management certificate in 1996, and ran asthma clinics in general practice.
Karen has attended numerous study days, including wound management, cervical screening, perineal repair and the mentoring of students. She has also attended a workshop on the resuscitation of adults and the newborn.
Karen also has some experience working in the private health sector, both in hospital and in nursing / residential homes.