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Karen Blake

Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing

Karen qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1987 from Royal Blackburn Hospital, Lancashire. Karen later qualified as a Registered Children’s Nurse at Royal Manchester Children’s hospital and joined the University after several years working in clinical practice. Karen contributes to a range of modules on several Health-related courses to both undergraduate and post graduate students. Karen is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Karen teaches on modules for student and qualified nurses, nursing associate apprentices, and also contributes to the teaching of students on Allied Health Professional courses. Karen has a particular interest in the teaching of clinical skills and the use of Simulation as a Teaching and Learning Strategy to support the development of the students’ knowledge, skills and competence.

Prior to Joining University of Central Lancashire Karen worked as a Staff Nurse, then a Sister on the Children’s wards at Blackburn. She initially joined the University as a Lecturer Practitioner working between the clinical area and the academic teaching team. After coming to work at the University full time Karen maintained her links with the practice areas and assists the staff to support students in placements across East Lancs. Since the development of the Nursing associate programme in 2017 Karen has been involved in the teaching of the programme at University of Central Lancashire, at both Burnley and West Lakes campuses as well as the main campus at Preston

  • M.Ed University Of Central Lancashire, 2009
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning University Of Central Lancashire, 2006
  • Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Toolkit University Of Central Lancashire, 2004
  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner (paeds) University Of Central Lancashire, 2003
  • Registered with Nursing Midwifery Council