Portrait of Mrs Karen Adams Mrs Karen Adams

k.l.adams@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472195


Karen joined the university in 2002 as a senior lecturer in primary care and public health. 

Course leader MSc Public Health Nursing Practice programme (Health Visiting and School Nursing) 2008-14

Karen has a lead role in marketing, recruitment and retention of the SSPRD provision.  She has teaching responsibilities on the PgDip Public Health Nursing Practice, PgCert Health Professional Education and leads the PgCert Leadership and management.  Karen is also involved in the delivery of mentor education and research methods within undergraduate provision.

Karen began her career as a general nurse and then a midwife in Wakefield and Pontefract. She subsequently qualified as a health visitor and practice teacher and worked in Pontefract, Leeds, Bradford and SSAFA in Germany before moving into nurse education. 

Karen is a member of the UKSC – an organisation that represents health visitor educators nationally and was secretary from 2012-2016

Research and Scholarship

Karen is currently writing up her doctoral studies which is a socio-material analysis of practice teaching in a productive system.

Karen is a member of the North of England Health Visitor research group.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Sanderson, P., Adams, K. and Bishop, J. (2017) ‘The practice and identity of liminal professionals: exploring the social and material context for practice teachers in the health service, and learning mentors in schools in the UK’. In: 3rd International ProPEL Conference 2017, 14th-16th June, Linköping University, Sweden


Adams, K (2015) ‘Practice Education in a Productive System’. In: NET2015 Conference, 8th-10th September 2015, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

Oldbury, S. and Adams, K. (2015) ‘The impact of infant crying on the parent-infant relationshipCommunity Practitioner , 88 (3), pp. 29-34. ISSN 1462-2815

Locke, A., Marshall, J., Jones, P., Adams, L. and Adams, K. (2015) Health Visitor Transformation in South Yorkshire Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)


Adams, K (2014) ‘The Education Needs of Practice Teachers’. In: 15th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, 4th - 6th November 2014, Dublin, Ireland

Devlin, A., Adams, K., Hall, L. and Watts, P. (2014) Educating Practice Teachers and Specialist Practice Mentors for their new role: Ensuring high quality Practice Learning Health Education England

Lyon, S. and Adams, K. (2014) ‘Brain-based health visiting: How neuroscience is shaping practiceJournal of health visiting , 2 (3), pp. 142-146. ISSN 2052-2908


Lyon, S., Adams, K. and Ellis, R. (2013) ‘Educating health visitors for their new role: psychological interventionsCommunity Practitioner , 86 (12), pp. 36-39. ISSN 1462-2815

Adams, K (2013) ‘Practice teaching: professional identity and role recognitionCommunity Practitioner , 86 (10), pp. 20-23. ISSN 1462-2815

Adams, K (2013) ‘The education needs of practice teachers’. In: QNIS / ICCHNR International Conference – Transforming Community Health: The Nursing Impact, 13th-14th March 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland

Adams, K (2013) Practice Teacher Framework: Good Practice Guidance University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)


Adams, K (2012) ‘The education needs of practice teachers’. In: Equinox 2012: An Academic Conference for Teaching, Learning and Research, 18th June 2012, University of Huddersfield


Phillips, S., Johnson, C., Kaye, V. and Adams, K. (2008) ‘Supervision and Support’. In: Developing Advanced Skills in Practice Teaching. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 132-146. ISBN 9780230205581

Adams, K. and Johnson, C. (2008) ‘Blended learning: combining action learning and virtual learning to facilitate independent and collaborative learning for post-graduate Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) students’. In: 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Tranforming Healthcare through Research Education and Technology, 5th – 7th November 2008, Dublin


Firth, J. and Adams, K. (2007) ‘Public health nurse education in Albania – a partnership approach’. In: Beyond the borders:international nursing education in the 21st century, Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 July 2007, Brighton


  • Karen was awarded a Fellowsip of the Institute of Health Visiting in 2015.  This award is given to exceptional health visitors who make a real difference to the health outcomes of children and their families.
  • Karen was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse in 2013 in recognition of her commitment to patient centred values and continually improving practice.
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy 2012
  • Reviewer for Journal of Health visiting 2015 onwards
  • Reviewer Community Practitioner Journal 2015 onwards
  • Reviewer for Nurse Education in Practice 2015 onwards
  • In 2014 Karen acted as one of a team of experts assisting in the assessment of those who have applied to become a Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting (FiHV).  The prestigious FiHV award is designed to acknowledge 150 exceptional senior health visitors, spread across England, by March 2015
  • Chair of Journal of Health Visiting Conferences 2014 - 17
  • Karen was a member of HEE Student HV Practice Placement Quality and Practice Teacher Task & Finish group (2014)
  • Joint Chair of UKPHA working party review of future employment options for Health Visitors (Launched 2009)
  • Member of Y & H SHA subgroup developing a Framework for Practice Teachers (Y & H 2012)
  • Member of Y & H SHA steering group developing a Practice Teacher leadership development programme (2012 / 13)
  • Member of Y & H SHA Growing the Health Visiting Workforce group (2012 - 2015)

Research Degree Supervision

  • Public health nursing
  • Practice education

Administrative Responsibilities

  • SSPRD recruitment and retention lead

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Module leader – Teaching in Clinical Practice
  • Course leader – Pg Cert Leadership and management
  • Module leader – Leadership and management for Health and Social Care Practice
  • Teaching responsibilities across all modules on PgDip Public Health Nursing Practice (Health Visiting & School Nursing)


  • Research methods 2
  • External examiner University of Derby – PGdip / BSc Hons Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 2013-17
  • External examiner University of Cumbria - BSc (Hons)/GD/PgD Specialist Community Public Health Nursing