Karen Barker

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Mary Seacole MS 3.43

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery


Karen has 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 she became a midwifery lecturer focusing on legal and professional issues, programme leadership for pre-registration programmes and teaching on master’s level midwifery modules.

Karen’s research has taken her to Africa to work with the World Health Organisation to explore the use of technology to train students and led to a passion for working with health care workers in low resource settings. She has 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. Having just completed a long tenure on the editorial board of the British Journal of Midwifery, Karen is in a position to support students with writing for publication and conference presentations. She has 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 Committee.


  • Post Registration
  • BSC (Hons) Midwifery
Teaching interests
  • Midwifery
  • Professional issues
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • Simulation

Research Interests

  • Midwifery and ethical issues
  • Professional issues and education



  • Education PGCE(A) (University of Bolton)
  • Master Arts Moral Philosophy (Keele University)
  • Advanced Diploma Midwifery ADM (St Mary's Manchester)
  • Midwifery RM (Salford School of Midwifery)
  • Nursing RGN (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley School of Nursing)
  • Nursing RMN (Salford Prestwich Hospital School of Nursing)