Karen was appointed Macmillan Lung/Palliative CNS in April 2010, prior to this her career was mainly in the acute sector. Karen worked on medical wards, ICU/HDU as well as being an A&E Sister for six years and Medical Nurse Practitioner for three. She trained at Stepping Hill hospital and Manchester University before moving to Macclesfield District General. Karen attained her Masters of Arts in Advanced Nursing Practice from John Moores University in 2012 and became a Non Medical Prescriber in 2013. In June 2018 she was honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother award for Outstanding Nursing Service from the Queen's Nursing Institute.
Karen has been a member of the NLCFN since appointment. The forum has been instrumental in supporting her development. She has attended two Lily workshops leading one. This led to being able to present at World Lung in Denver 2016. Karen has also presented at NLFCN conference these experiences have built her confidence and understanding of lung cancer care. She is now Lead Lung CNS at East Cheshire leading a team who support patients from pre diagnosis to end of life in primary and secondary care.