Karen Campbell
Karen Campbell

Dr Karen Campbell Honorary Research Consultant in Chemotherapy NHS Lothian

Associate Professor

Biography

Dr Karen Campbell has an international and national standing as a clinical academic in research and education with application to oncology clinical practice, holding the title of Macmillan Associate Professor in Cancer Nursing in the School of Health and Social Care. Karen Currently holds an Honorary Research Nurse Consultant Role in Chemotherapy. Karen originally completed a BSc ( Hons) in Genetics at Glasgow University then entered the nursing profession qualifying from St Georges Hospital in London in 1992. She completed her Clinical Doctorate in Nursing in 2020: The haemato-oncology patient experience of the process of palliative care in the last year of life: A Constructivist grounded theory study. She is currently the Director of studies of a PhD and professional doctorate student in: Palliative care in South Asian Families and Widening Participation in higher education respectively.

Professional practice:
Karen is currently the President of the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS). The main aim of UKONS is to inspire, initiate and develop educational resources and guidance for cancer nurses across the UK. UKONS is run with fifteen voluntary board members and sixty-six champions, from all four nations to reflect the different devolved health care issues. UKONS has eight different specialist interest groups: Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT), Acute Oncology, Haematology, Living with and beyond, Research, Radiotherapy, Champions, Young and Early career. We have representation on UK Chemotherapy Board, Acute Oncology Society, UK Supportive Cancer Care. UKONS has 10,000 members and runs an annual conference that is attended by 500 delegates. We are supported by X pharmaceutical companies with our ROCHE being our principal partner with an annual income of approximately £150,000. Main recent UKONS initiatives have been developing the digital SACT passport, the CASCADE project developing and implementing an AO passport, AO Hotline eLearning and funding research into occupational exposure to administering cytotoxic drugs. Aspiring Cancer Career and Education Development Framework (ACCEND). UKONS has also supported two edited books ‘fundamentals in cancer care’ and ‘ Cancer Care through COVID -19’. ACCEND and CASCADE have both been incorporated in the curriculum for students at ENU.
I am on the international editorial board for the International Journal in Cancer Nursing and Seminar in Oncology Nursing. Karen published in international and national journals including Journal of Cancer Education and International Journal of Cancer nursing. Karen peer reviews for International Journal of Cancer Nursing, Cancer Nursing Practice , British Journal of Nursing, Journal of Patient Experience.
Karen is currently editing a EBN book ‘Personalised Cancer Care’.

Funding:
Karen has secured £800K in competitive funding whilst at Edinburgh Napier University.
Since 2011 Karen has led a portfolio of Macmillan Cancer Support funding grants associated develop and deliver a sustainable cancer education strategy for practitioners, caring for patients living with and beyond their cancer. In 2014 Karen was awarded as a co-lead with Suzanne Cruickshank, the tender for the Evaluation of the ‘Transforming Care after Treatment’ Scotland Macmillan Programme. Building on her expertise Karen led phase 2, Continuation of National Evaluation of TCAT: Ensuring and Enhancing the Evidence (TCAT) and Health Economic Evaluation Work Strand: Continuity and Quality.
Karen is co-leading with Professor Austyn Snowden (2022-2024) an analysis, synthesis and reporting on the Transforming Cancer Care by collating data from 32 integrated health and social care sites across Scotland. Karen also leads a UKONS grant ( 2022-2023) exploring the perception and experience of potential exposure to hazardous drugs which administering cytotoxic drugs. This work continues to inform both Cancer Strategy in Scotland and evaluation of transformational programmes of cancer care.

Research areas:
Karen has a diverse interest in research in cancer care. Karen has an extensive portfolio of evaluating transformational change in cancer care across Scotland. This has been pivotal in the Scottish Government pledged of 18 million funding to improve cancer service in Scotland.
Having secured the UKONS grant to explore the perception and experiences of potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic. Karen has delivered keynote session internationally and nationally on the findings from the literature review, and the survey. This has led to key collaborations with medical device companies, B Braun, ICU medical and Safecancercare consortium. International collaborations have developed with eminent Professor Melisa McDiarmid, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Public Health Director, and Professor Martha Polovich of University Maryland School of Medicine. Who have been involved with this topic since 2000. This has enhanced the analysis and direction of the research. This research has been requested by practice, which will result in UK practice guidance and five publications.
Having just completed and soon to be published study on surface and air contamination locally, Karen is keen to pursue more novel and frequent sampling techniques for air and surface contamination in chemotherapy units. In collaboration with Professor Alison Porter-Armstrong, Karen is pursuing NIHR funding for a digital app to measure the pattern of health and wellbeing of cancer nurses who administer cytotoxic drugs. Furthering the wellbeing topic Karen is interested in the mental health of cancer nurses, exploring preventative of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Vicarious Trauma.
Karen continues to explore the Holistic Needs Assessment of haematology cancer patients with a specific interest in patient reported outcomes and advance care planning. Karen is currently collaborating with Professor Anna Campbell and Associate Professor Amanda Pitchathely on a Delphi study to elicit best practice exercise guideline for cancer patients receiving treatment with indwelling catheters.
Karen is available for Cancer Care PhD, Professional Doctorate, and external examining opportunities.

Teaching:
Karen entered academia as a Macmillan Lecturer Practitioner in 2005, working between NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Napier University. Karen became internationally and nationally known in this role for trailblazing the development of blended and online learning cancer education, developing accessible virtual education for a UK audience in Haematology Nursing (2008) and Supportive Care for those Living with and Beyond Cancer (2013). This online model of education afforded, at the time, novel teaching techniques including access to global research academics sessions and former students presenting their practice. During the pandemic, with her expert knowledge, Karen led The Professional Development team at Macmillan Cancer Support through a test of change by translating all face-to face delivery into virtual classroom. Taking novice learning and development leads, within three months ,from never teaching virtual to delivering fifteen different topics to 1000 delegates by the end of 2020.
Karen led the Masters Advanced Practice & Flexibly managed programmes (2013-2016) through the structural change of ‘credit’ from 15 credits to 20 credits. Karen has been involved with Institutional Reviews and programme, and modular developments. Karen has been an active member of the teaching fellow community (2008 -2018), chairing the teaching fellow grants committee (2016-2018) for the University. She has held a number of external examiner positions across the UK for cancer education. She has a fellow status of the HEA and holds a SEDA mentoring and Coaching qualification.
Karen has led as Head of Learning and Teaching for the School of Health and Social Care, with the prime focus of delivering the school action plan against retention and progression, national student survey, programme academic boards, programme leads forum, student engagement and personal development tutoring, overseeing enhanced curriculum development and quality assurance.

Themes

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • SafeCancercare
  • Systemic Anti Cancer Treatment Digital Passport
  • Pre-registration Nursing workstream within the ACCEND programme
  • Chair of the Advisory Group for Higher Education England Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development ( ACCEND) programme
  • Partnership for Oesophageal Cancer Research Priorities Work
  • British Journal of Nursing Awards ( CANCER)
  • InDEPTH project. Guys Cancer Academy

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Systemic Anti cancer Treatment Digital Passport - Edinburgh
  • European Cancer Nursing Day 2023
  • Cancer Care in the Digital Age - Belfast
  • Caring Connections Virtual
  • Nursing at the Core of Cancer Care Virtual
  • Cancer care - Stay Safe Telford
  • Crossing Boundaries in Cancer Care Glasgow

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board - Cancer Nursing International Journal for Cancer Nursing Research
  • Seminar in Oncology Nursing

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner Royal Marsden NHS Trust
  • University of West of Scotland MSc Programme in Advanced Practice
  • University of West Of Scotland BSc Programme in Cancer

 

Invited Speaker

  • Lessons Learnt from TCAT (Transforming Care after Treatment Programme). Scottish Patient Reported Outcomes Group
  • Oncology Webinar 4th Ed: Helping to Protect Cancer Nurses from Exposure to Hazardous Drugs
  • Communication in advance care planning for gastric cancer. European School of Oncology
  • Perceptions and Experiences of Potential Occupational Exposure to Cytotoxic Drugs . Safecancercare London
  • Putting Enhanced Level Communication Skills into Practice Workshop Oncology Forum Birmingham
  • Update- Cancer nurses' experiences and perceptions of potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs. UK Oncology Nursing Society
  • Myeloma Symposium chair and speaker - Living with Chronicity. International Cancer Nursing Conference
  • How Haematology nurses can lead the way in Research? British Haematology Society
  • Principles of Enhanced Communication and It’s Role in Self-management. Oncology Forum Birmingham
  • How research nurses can lead the way?” Bristol Myers Squib
  • Roche Podcasts series - Resilience and health and wellbeing
  • Cancer nurses' experiences and perceptions of potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs: Initial project results. UK Oncology Nursing Society
  • Oncology Webinar 3th Ed: Helping to Protect Cancer Nurses from Exposure to Hazardous Drugs. B Braun
  • Supportive Cancer Care International Conference Cancer Nursing ( virtual)
  • Panel Discussion : RCNi
  • Improving patient care and the role of communication in delivering individualised services. Lymphoma Action
  • The haemato-oncology patient experience of the process of palliative in the last year of life: A constructivist grounded theory study. European Oncology Nursing Society
  • An Evaluation of Transforming Care after Treatment – Supporting individuals who have experienced cancer in Scotland. Advancing Practice for Health and Social Care Management Across Europe (DOCMAN virtual conference) Prague May 2020
  • The haemato-oncology patient experience of the process of palliative in the last year of life: A constructivist grounded theory study. British Haematology Society
  • Developing a needs-based competency career framework for person centred care. UK Oncology Nursing Society
  • Does Holistic Needs Assessment Ensure Person- Centred Cancer Care? European School of Oncology
  • The real value of Holistic Needs Assessment. British Haematology Society
  • Evaluation of the Scottish Transforming Care after Treatment Programme – implementing holistic needs assessment across organisations UKONS Conference Glasgow
  • Systematic review of the implementation and impact of holistic needs assessments for people affected by cancer. NCRI Conference Glasgow
  • The meaning and measurement of outcomes in survivorship care. NCRI Conference Glasgow
  • A longitudinal mixed methods study of transformational change: indicators of positive change in cancer after care services RCN International Research Conference Oxford
  • Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) after treatment for colorectal cancer within outpatient clinics: using findings to improve practice and policies RCN International Research Conference Oxford
  • Transforming Care After Treatment Lymphoma Association Nursing Study Day
  • Context, Circumstances and Concerns – the 3C’s in Cancer Follow Up and survivorship. October 2016 European Oncology Nursing Society
  • Moodle Flashcard Application: An Development for Reference Guidance
  • A systematic review of online cancer and palliative care education for nurses and allied health professionals (2000- 2011) 29 pp 1-89
  • Education and career development opportunities in Haem-Onc. Lymphoma Association -Clinical Nurse Specialist Masterclass. London March 8th.
  • Defining priorities for an online resource in lymphoma education to educate and support healthcare professionals. European Bone Marrow Transplant Paris
  • Palliative Care in Haematology. Scottish Haematology Society .Dunblane September 2nd – 3rd
  • Nursing Education Programmes: Case Studies and Round-Table
  • Implementation of podcasting project targeting key stages of the three year undergraduate nursing programme. SEDA Annual Conference 2011. Using Technology to Enhance Learning Aston Business School Conference Centre 17th – 18th November
  • Chair plenary session (2011) eLearning in Health Conference: collaboration, sharing and sustainability in the current environment. Aston University Birmingham 27th-28th June
  • The East of Scotland Haematology Nurse Group use of the Virtual Classroom Environment in the Provision of Continuous Professional Development through a Macmillan Online Lecture Series . ELearning in Health Conference: collaboration, sharing and sustainability in the current environment. Aston University Birmingham 27th-28th June
  • Elluminate Live! for Haematology Nurse Education. Scottish Haematology Society .Dunblane 15th-16th September

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • UK Oncology Nursing Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Nursing Midwifery Council

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Bright Light - Teenager Cancer- Theatre production

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • The Implementation of the use of Patient Reported Outcome Measures into routine Clinical Practice for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

 

Reviewing

  • BJMOPEN
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • Journal of Patient Experience
  • Cancer Nursing Practice

 

Visiting Positions

  • Honorary Cancer Research Consultant in Chemotherapy NHS Lothian
  • Blood Cancer UK Nurses Forum
  • UK Oncology Nursing Society President Elect

 

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The Hematology Cancer patient Experience of ' Facing Death' in the last Year of Life: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study

Journal Article
Campbell, K., Harris, F., & Stoddart, K. (in press)
The Hematology Cancer patient Experience of ' Facing Death' in the last Year of Life: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study. Cancer Nursing, https://doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000001180
Background For hematology cancer patients, the process of dying is described as “troublesome.” Qualitative studies have focused on views of healthcare professionals and careg...

CN59 A scoping review to establish the utility of patient reported outcome measures in blood cancer

Journal Article
Kirkpatrick, S., & Campbell, K. (2022)
CN59 A scoping review to establish the utility of patient reported outcome measures in blood cancer. Annals of Oncology, 33(suppl_7), S1371. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annonc.2022.07.382
Background Blood cancers can have devastating effects on patients’ physical, emotional, and psychosocial health. With improvements in therapies, patients are living longer. Th...

CN32 Cancer nurses' experiences and perceptions of potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs: Systematic review utilising framework analysis

Journal Article
Campbell, K., Afseth, J., & Dunham, M. (2022)
CN32 Cancer nurses' experiences and perceptions of potential occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs: Systematic review utilising framework analysis. Annals of Oncology, 33(suppl_7), S1362. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annonc.2022.07.355
Background In the UK control of substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) define chemotherapy as a hazardous substance. Therefore, it is imperative that employers ass...

CN25 The haemato-oncology patient experience of the process of palliative care: A constructivist grounded theory study

Journal Article
Campbell, K. (2021)
CN25 The haemato-oncology patient experience of the process of palliative care: A constructivist grounded theory study. Annals of Oncology, 32(suppl_5), S1265. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annonc.2021.08.651
Background Haemato-oncology (HO) patients comprise 8.5% of the overall adult cancers within the UK. Despite advances in treatment, eventually the majority will enter into a pa...

Fundamentals in Cancer Care

Book
Foulkes, M., Lavender, V., Kumaralingam, N., & Campbell, K. (Eds.)
(2021). Fundamentals in Cancer Care. Witney: EBN health
This is a practice focus guide for staff working in clinical practice in primary and acute cancer care with an emphasis on nursing . A valuable tool for learners at multiple ...

Developing a needs-based competency career framework for person centered care

Presentation / Conference
Goodchild, J., Campbell, K., Duffy, J., Smit, R., & Gregson, N. (2020, November)
Developing a needs-based competency career framework for person centered care. Paper presented at UKONS Annual Conference 2020, Online

Healthcare Professional and Service User Perspectives on Formal Educational Programmes for Children and Young People with Cancer in the UK

Journal Article
McInally, W., & Campbell, K. (2022)
Healthcare Professional and Service User Perspectives on Formal Educational Programmes for Children and Young People with Cancer in the UK. Journal of Cancer Education, 37, 608-614. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-020-01854-7
Caring for children and young people with cancer requires specific knowledge, skills and experience to deliver the complex care regimes both within the hospital or community e...

Health professionals' lack of knowledge of central venous access devices: the impact on patients

Journal Article
Kelly, L. J., Snowden, A., Paterson, R., & Campbell, K. (2019)
Health professionals' lack of knowledge of central venous access devices: the impact on patients. British Journal of Nursing, 28(14), https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2019.28.14.S4
Background The literature on patient experience of living with a central venous access device (CVAD) is growing, but remains sparse. It suggests that patients accept CVADs as...

The implementation and impact of Holistic Needs Assessments for people affected by cancer: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the literature

Journal Article
Johnston, L., Young, J., & Campbell, K. (2019)
The implementation and impact of Holistic Needs Assessments for people affected by cancer: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the literature. European Journal of Cancer Care, 28(3), https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13087
Objective: Globally, cancer services herald the use of Holistic Needs Assessments (HNA). Implementation is, however, heterogeneous. There is a need to understand what effect ...

Parallel Session: A showcase of realist synthesis - realist evaluation in healthcare and education research in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Somerville, S., Blane, D., Campbell, K., Hannah, J., Hyde, R., Johnston, L., …Sholl, S. (2019, May)
Parallel Session: A showcase of realist synthesis - realist evaluation in healthcare and education research in Scotland. Presented at 9th National Scottish Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK

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