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 October 2017 she became team leader for the Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care team as well as the lung cancer team. 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 is also co-chair of the Living with & Beyond Cancer sub committee for Greater Manchester & East Cheshire Lung Cancer Board. At present she is studying for a BSc Degree in Management in Health & Social Care at Manchester Met University.