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Karen Iley


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Disability Champion, Undergraduate  programmes, Division of Nursing Midwifery & Social Work

Lead University Link Lecturer, Manchester Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust (Oxford Road campus)

Module Lead for Public Health & Society - Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) 2019 curriculum

Module Lead for Building Confidence & Skill in the Management of Care - Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) 2011 curriculum

Academic Advisor for students on the BNurs programme.

Peer Reviewer of teaching and learning  - Faculty of Biology, Medicinel & Health Sciences

External Examiner at Northumbria University


I began my career as a State Enrolled Nurse and later qualified as a Registered General Nurse. I have worked mainly in acute medical specialiaties including cardiac and respiratory medicine. More recently, I have worked as a Lecturer in a number of universities teaching health professionals across undergraduate and post-graduate programmes of study.

Research interests

My research interests are firstly, nurse education, disability and employment,

I am currently carrying out a study exploring the the experiences of studying at university and in clinical practice and the challenges expereinced by undergraduate nursing studeing with a Specific Learning Difficulty.

My previous research experience includes undertaking studies on a range of topics such as college leaders and their support of students considering a career in nursing, evaluating blended learning courses to develop the clinical competence of cardiac nurses in northwest England, career progression and motivations of Enrolled Nurses working in the NHS as well as evaluating the contribution of sociology to the pre-registration nursing curriculum and exploring nursing students attitudes towards personal development planning. I have also recently completed a study that explored decision making processes that occurs betwen older people, their carers and healthcare professionals in secondary care.  


My main teaching responsibilites are as the Module Leader for the Building Confidence & Skill in the management of Care module which the final one taken on the Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) programme. I am a module team member of the Public health, Society & Nursing, Core Values for Professional Nursing, Recovery Focussed Care and Leadership & Management modules which are part of the BNurs programme.

I have written and contributed to a number of book chapters and paperson a number of topics including ethnic health inequalites, access to healthcare,  longterm conditions and palliative care as well as nurse education.

I am a supervisor for students undertaking their dissertations in ther final year of the Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) programme and post-registration BSc (Hons) Nursing/Professional practice and BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies programmes.

My collaborations

  • Dr Shaun Speed
  • Alison Busby

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the Royal College of Nursing.

Member of the British Sociological Association.


Methodological knowledge

Qualitative methods - interviewing and focus groups

Quantitative methods - secondary analysis of survey data

Social responsibility

I am the Disability Champion for the Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) and Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons) programmes. My role involves developing resources for academic staff to support their students who are in need of Disability and Student Support at unioversity and practitioners in clinical practice

I also work as a volunteer at Burnage Foodbank

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

External Examiner, Northumbria University

1 Sept 2018 → …

External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

1 Oct 20121 Oct 2017


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