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Karen Barker


I have had a long career as a nurse and midwife working in various clinical environments ultimately practicing as a senior midwife on the labour suite of a busy inner city hospital. In 1999 I became a midwifery lecturer focusing on legal and professional issues, programme leadership for pre- registration and teaching on Masters level midwifery courses. I continue to be a supervisor of midwives undertaking audits and investigation appeals as part of the Local Supervising Authority team. My research has taken me to Africa to work with the World Health Organisation to explore the use of technology to train students and I have a passion for working with health care workers in low resource settings. I have also undertaken a number of educational studies in the United Kingdom exploring the views of students, service users and healthcare professionals in relation to aspects of formal training, volunteering and inter-professional learning. My role on the editorial board of the British Journal of Midwifery, where I have a regular column, has enabled me to support colleagues and students in writing for publication and conference presentation. I have recently completed the maximum tenure of eight years as a Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practise panellist and continue to sit on Registration Appeals Com


  • MSC Midwifery Pathway Lead
  • Post RN Midwifery Module Lead
  • Academic Misconduct Officer
  • NMC registeed

Teaching interests

  • Midwifery,
  • Professional issues,
  • Law,
  • Ethics,
  • Simulation

Research Interests

Barker, Karen (2018) Talk is cheap British Journal of Midwifery, Vol.26(3), p.143

Barker, Karen (2017) The Professional Midwifery Advocate British Journal of Midwifery,Vol.25(12), p.754

Barker, Karen (2017) Awards as motivational tools British Journal of Midwifery, Vol.25(9), p.550


Barker, Karen ; Omoni, Grace ; Wakasiaka, Sabina ; Watiti, James ; Mathai, Matthews ;

Lavender, Tina (2013) 'Moving with the times' taking a glocal approach: a qualitative study of African student nurse views of e learning Nurse education today, April, Vol.33(4), pp.407-12 Lavender, T & Barker, K 2011, ' Students experiences of using the partograph In Kenyan labour wards. ', African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health , 5(3), pp.117-122.

Qualifications and Memberships

1999- Education PGCE(A) (from University of Bolton).

1998-Master Arts Medical Ethics (from Keele University ) . 1988-Advanced Diploma Midwifery ADM (from St Mary's Manchester).

1986-Midwifery RM (from Salford School of Midwifery ).

1983-Nursing RGN (from Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley School of Nursing ).

1981-Nursing RMN (from Salford Prestwich Hospital School of Nursing ).


Barker, K 2017 Do trainee nurse associates have a role in maternity care? British Journal of Midwifery, Vol.25(6), pp.348-349

Barker, K 2017 Will supervision changes lead to more Fitness to Practise referral? British Journal of Midwifery, Vol.24(9), p.606

Barker, K 2016 Building resilience: the way forward British Journal of Midwifery, Vol.24(3), p.158

Barker, K 2015, 'Midwives, women and politics', British Journal of Midwifery , 23(6), pp.386-386

Lavender, T & Barker, K 2013, 'A pilot quasi-experimental study to determine the feasibility of implementing a partograph e-learning tool for student midwife training in Nairobi', Midwifery , 29(8), pp.876-884

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