Roome, Karen

Dr Karen Roome

Deputy Head of Department/Senior Lecturer
Department of Nursing and Community Health
I started off my career as an adult nurse. I also hold qualifications as a midwife and completed the certificate in neonatal intensive care. I then completed health visiting, family planning and community practitioner nurse prescribing education and was employed in clinical practice in these areas until 2001. Throughout my career I had a strong interest in community and public health and from 2001-2007 was employed as a Public Health Practitioner. The main focus of the role was to identify and develop partnership working with local communities, and statutory and third sector organisations, and to lead and or support the subsequent health and well-being activities and policies across one geographical area. I completed the Masters in Public Health at Glasgow University in 2004 and in 2005 was offered a joint appointment with GCU as a lecturer practitioner.

I became a full time member of the academic team at GCU in 2007. I completed the PgC Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2007 and am a Fellow of the Advance HE. 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” and developed, piloted and evaluated an associated education package. I started the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care in 2010 and completed this in 2014 with a project entitled “Climbing the Ladder: Supporting Consumers to Become Active Research Partners in a Scottish Consumer Panel for Osteoarthritis Research”. As a result of my research interest I was appointed as one of the GCU Community and Public Engagement Fellows.

Over my time at GCU I have been Programme Leader for the MSC Public Health/ MSc/BSc/BSc(Hons) Community Health/ MSc Health and Social Care programmes and module leader for a significant number of modules. I have also been the lead for the MSc Health and Social Care Framework for the School of Health and Life Sciences and the Departmental Lead for Learning, Teaching and Quality.