Dr Karen Roome

Programme Lead MSc. Health & Social Care
Department of Nursing and Community Health
I originally gained qualifications in general nursing, midwifery and health visiting, and was employed in clinical practice in these areas until 2001. Throughout my career I have had a strong commitment to community and public engagement and from 2001 to 2007 I was employed as a Public Health Practitioner. The main focus of the role was to identify opportunities for partnership working with local communities and statutory and third sector organisations, and to lead and/or support the subsequent community health activity and initiatives across one geographical area. I completed the Masters in Public Health at University of Glasgow in 2004, and in 2005 was offered a joint appointment as a lecturer/practitioner at GCU. I became the Programme Leader for the MSc Public Health programme in 2006. This programme has a strong emphasis on providing students with the knowledge and skills to work with communities and public and third sector organisations to improve health and wellbeing. To support this, public and third sector organisations and communities actively contribute to the curriculum on a regular basis.

I became a full time member of the academic team at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007. I completed the PgC Learning &Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) in 2007. In 2009 I was seconded on a 0.5 basis as a Research Associate at GCU to a Queen’s Nursing Institute of Scotland (QNIS) funded project entitled “Developing an intervention to promote partnerships between cared for individuals, family carers and community nurses”. I commenced the Professional Doctorate for Health and Social Care Professionals programme in 2010 and am currently completing the data analysis stage for my project entitled “Climbing the ladder: Supporting consumers to become active research partners in the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group”. I was recently appointed as one of the Community and Public Engagement Fellows within the School of Health and Life Sciences.

Teaching Interests

My main teaching responsibility is in the field of public health. I have experience in leading a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level including MSc Public Health, MSc Community Health and BSc /BSc (Hons) Community Health. I continue to regularly teach on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme and on modules across the MSc Health and Social Care Framework. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.