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Dr Karen Adams joined the University in 2002 and is Head of Post-Registration, Business and Enterprise.  She leads in the development and management of health-focused post registration provision in the School and promotes the marketing, recruitment and retention of this provision.  Prior to this she held the position of Course Leader for MSc Public Health Nursing Practice within the University, from 2008-14.  Dr Adams leads the Pg Certificate in Leadership & Management which attracts both health and social care professionals and she is also involved in the delivery of the pre-registration nursing curriculum, contributing in particular to leadership and management and research methods modules.  Karen also acts as personal tutor to those preparing for a mentor role.

Beginning her career as a General Nurse, and later moving into the field of midwifery in Wakefield and Pontefract, Dr Adams went on to qualify as a Health Visitor and Practice Teacher working in positions across Pontefract, Leeds, Bradford and SSAFA in Germany.  She is a member of the UKSC (United Kingdom Standing Conference) which represents public health nurse educators nationally, and is a member of the North England Health Visitor Research Group.

Dr Adams was awarded Fellowship status by the Institute of Health Visiting in 2015 and the title of Queen’s Nurse in 2013.

Dr Adams doctoral studies focused on how efficiency driven health care systems impact upon professional identity and teaching and learning roles.  The title of her study was 'A Juggling Act:  A socio-material analysis of the role and identity of practice teachers in the UK NHS'.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Public health nursing
  • Practice education


  • public health
  • health visiting
  • practice teaching
  • mentorship
  • Leadership

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Research Output 2001 2015


Brain-based health visiting: How neuroscience is shaping practice

Lyon, S. & Adams, K., 1 Mar 2014, In : Journal of Health Visiting. 2, 3, p. 142-146 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Community Health Nurses
Community Health Nurses
25 Citations (Scopus)

Use of participatory research and photo-voice to support urban Aboriginal healthy eating

Adams, K., Burns, C., Liebzeit, A., Ryschka, J., Thorpe, S. & Browne, J., 1 Sep 2012, In : Health and Social Care in the Community. 20, 5, p. 497-505 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

eating behavior
Food Supply

Aboriginal community control and decolonizing health policy: A yarn from Australia

Fredericks, B., Adams, K. & Edwards, R., 26 Apr 2011, Democratizing Health: Consumer Groups in the Policy Process. Lofgren, H., de Leeuw, E. & Leahy, M. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 81-96 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Oral presentation

Practice Education in a Productive System

Karen Adams (Speaker)
8 Sep 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

A Grounded Theory Study Examining the Education Needs of Practice Teachers

Karen Adams (Speaker)
4 Nov 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation