Karen Blake
  • University Of Huddersfield

Personal profile


I joined the University of Huddersfield in February 2021 as a senior lecturer with an interest in the BSc Adult Nursing across all three years of the programme, in the Blended Learning approach and started as a Course Leader in August,2021

I trained at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel and qualified as an Adult and Mental health nurse (RGN/RMN) in 1992. Whilst working as a Staff Nurse (RMN) in a mental health unit in Derby and then as an Accident and Emergency Staff Nurse at the Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham I obtained a BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration at the University of Nottingham by 1997. I then moved to Stockport to work as a Senior Staff Nurse in an acute medical assessment unit (MAU) and a Ward Sister in Manchester specialising in General Medicine.

I was always interested in Health and Social care partnership working and so undertook a MSc Pre-Registration Social Work Training at the University of Manchester and qualified in 2006 and I am still registered with Social Work England. I started working in Higher education institutions in 2007 and by 2008 I completed my NMC recordable Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Certificate in Management studies (CMS).

I am currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care researching the Self-care practices and behaviours of older men living with COPD within a semi-rural context and its Implications for social work practitioners using a Charmazian Social Constructivist grounded theory methodology and a Braun and Clarke data analytical approach to explore the social processes and lived experience of older men and self-care.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Health related Social Work Practice
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment strategies
  • Masculinities and Ageing
  • Self-Care and Long-term conditions Agenda

Teaching Interests

  • Health Informatics and Telemedicine
  • Health and Social care law and Policy
  • Health and Social care and partnership working
  • Human Factors
  • Person-centred care and practice
  • Service Improvement Methodologies
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Sustainability in Healthcare

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


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