IBD Nurse Specialist
PhD, MPhil, BSc (Hons), RGN, NMP
From a background in intensive care nursing, Karen joined CMFT in Jan 1998 as part of the gastroenterology team. Karen’s initial role was to set up and evaluate the nutrition support team, gaining an MPhil. From this, Karen specialised further into IBD, setting up the IBD Nurse Service, undertaking specialist courses in IBD, gastroenterology, specialist clinical examination and nurse prescribing.
Karen was one of the first nurses in the UK to be awarded a prestigious National of Health Research (NIHR) Fellowship to undertake a PhD developing a follow up care model for patients with IBD.
Karen now holds a joint appointment between the University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Infirmary, 2 days per week clinical and 3 days per week lecturer / research into IBD.
Professionally, Karen represents IBD at the Gastrointestinal Forum within the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and feeds directly into the RCN IBD UK Nurse Network. Karen sits on the National IBD Audit and Biologics Implementation Group and is a member of the Nurses European Crohns and Colitis Organisation committee (N-ECCO).