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Karen Giles MSc, BA (Hons), Dip Nurs (Lon), RNT, RGN

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Principal Lecturer

I have over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and healthcare education. After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse, I specialised in working with older adults and neurorehabilitation introducing a number of patient-centred care initiatives into practice. I then developed my career in education and workforce development, working in a diverse range of settings in the NHS, charitable sector and Higher Education across the multi-professional workforce.

I am passionate about high-quality and engaging teaching and learning delivery which develops people and ultimately improves the patient experience. I have been involved in leading and supporting local, regional and national workforce and service development and education initiatives both in academic and senior management roles. This has included working with patients, carers and non NHS service providers.

In my current role at the University, I continue to work collaboratively and I'm currently involved in a number of local NHS innovation projects evaluating their impact on workforce education and development. These include carers and care home staff decision support, near patient testing pop-up clinics for people with learning disabilities and undergraduate student nurses’ leadership development.

Teaching and supervision

I am the Programme Leader for MSc Nursing and the PgCert in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. I currently teach across a range of courses including BSc Nursing (Adult, Mental Health), BSc Biomedical Sciences and a range of Continuing Workforce Development courses.

My subject areas include leadership and management development, near patient testing, clinical skills and qualitative research.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Nursing practice
  • Education in healthcare
  • Near patient testing
  • Older adults nursing
  • Workforce and organisational development
  • Leadership


My research activity is predominately in healthcare rapid service evaluation. I have recently completed commissioned studies into workforce impacts from new models of care and commissioning, experiences and perspectives of near patient testing, evaluation of new service innovations (learning disabilities, autism services).

Last updated 17 December 2019

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