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Karen is Professor of Skin Integrity and Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention.  She is also Visiting Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, a Florence Nightingale Scholar,chair of the International Wound Infection Institute, member of NHS National Wound Care Strategy, past academic editor for Wounds UK and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Wound Care. Karen led development of TVLC, the first UK wide Tissue Viability Service Competency framework. Karen's clinical background is in orthopaedics and tissue viability. She has worked in NHS hospitals in the North West of England and in London.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Tissue viability
  • Wound management
  • Skin integrity
  • Infection prevention
  • Quality of life indicators
  • Wellbeing

Research Degree Supervision

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External positions

Visiting Professor at The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin

Jul 2018Jul 2023

Chair , International Wound Infection Institute

1 Nov 2017 → …

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Queensland University of Technology


  • Wound
  • Tissue Viability
  • Infection
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Surgical Site Infection
  • Wound Care Education
  • Wound Management
  • Skin Integrity
  • Infection Prevention
  • Quality of Life Indicators
  • Wellbeing

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Research Output 2000 2019

Clinical indicators of wound infection and biofilm: Reaching international consensus

Haesler, E., Swanson, T., Ousey, K. & Carville, K., 2 Mar 2019, In : Journal of wound care. 28, Sup3b, p. S4-S12

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wound Infection
Wounds and Injuries
Conflict of Interest

Effects and safety of atmospheric low temperature plasma on bacterial reduction in chronic wounds and wound size reduction - a systematic review and meta-analysis

Assadian, O., Ousey, K., Daeschlein, G., Kramer, A., Parker, C., Tanner, J. & Leaper, D., 1 Feb 2019, In : International Wound Journal. 16, 1, p. 103-111 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wounds and Injuries
Randomized Controlled Trials

Emergency department nurse’s attitudes towards patients who self-harm: A meta-analysis

Rayner, G., Blackburn, J., Edward, K-L., Stephenson, J. & Ousey, K., 1 Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 28, 1, p. 40-53 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Hospital Emergency Service

Information and Communication in the Emergency Department

Blackburn, J., Ousey, K. & Goodwin, E., 1 Jan 2019, In : International Emergency Nursing. 42, p. 30-35 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hospital Emergency Service
Focus Groups
Health Personnel

The positive impact of training and education on nurses' competence and confidence

Ousey, K. & Blackburn, J., 12 Mar 2019, In : Wounds UK. 15, 1, p. 7-8 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Activities 2012 2019

Working Inter-professionally to improve patient outcomes

Karen Ousey (Speaker)
24 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Why do Nurses Change Dressings: Realities of Clinical Practice

Karen Ousey (Speaker), Joanna Blackburn (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), John Stephenson (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
23 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

TVLC competency framework: How its business skills development module has empowered TVNs to make a business case to expand service provision

Karen Ousey (Speaker), Joanna Blackburn (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
1 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Improving Patient Related Clinical Outcomes - results of a Quality Improvement Programme

Karen Ousey (Speaker), Joanna Blackburn (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
1 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Queensland University of Technology

Karen Ousey (Visiting professor)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesInternational Collaboration