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Karen Elcock

Head of programmes, pre-registration nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

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Karen Elcock is Head of Programmes, Pre-registration Nursing and Deputy Head of School in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a collaboration between Kingston University and St George's University of London. The Faculty is one of the early implementers of the new degree programme for nursing.

Karen has taught and led on pre-registration nursing programmes for over 20 years. Her professional interests lie in practice education; with particular focus on how students are prepared for learning in practice as well as mentor development and support. Her published work includes papers and books addressing the roles of advanced nurse practitioners, consultant nurses, lecturer practitioners, mentors and preceptors and she has spoken at national conferences across the UK on topics such as preparation for practice learning, mentorship, the future of nursing and learning communities.

She is the author of one book: "Getting into Nursing" (published in 2012) and a co-author of two others: "Preceptorship for Newly Registered Nurses" and "A Nurses Survival Guide to Mentoring" (both published in 2011). 



Year gained Subject
2005 Postgraduate Diploma Research Methods, Thames Valley University (now University of West London).
1998 MSC Nursing, Institute of Advanced Nursing Education, Royal College of Nursing - awarded by Manchester University.
1993 BSc in Computer Science, Hatfield Polytechnic (now University of Hertfordshire).
1989 Certificate in Education, leading to registration as registered nurse tutor, awarded by English National Board.
1981 General Intensive Care Nursing, Brent and Harrow School of Nursing.
1980 State Registered Nurse, (SRN, now recorded as RN Adult), Guy's Hospital London, awarded by General Nursing Council.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2011 - Head of Programmes, Pre-registration Nursing/Deputy Head of School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston UNiversity and St George's, University of London.
2008 - 2011 Director of Practice and Work-based Learning, University of West London (Formerly West London University).
2002 - 2008 Project Leader - Learning Community Development, Thames Valley University.
2000 - 2002 Head of Subject (Nursing), Thames Valley University.
1994 - 2000 Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Thames Valley University.
1989 - 1994 Nurse Tutor, The North West London College of Nursing and Midwifery.
1977 - 1989 Various nursing posts.



Elcock K (2012) Getting into Nursing Exeter: Learning Matters

Sharples K & Elcock K (2011) Preceptorship for the Newly Registered Nurse Exeter: Learning Matters

Elcock K & Sharples K (2011) A Nurse's Survival Guide to Mentoring Edinburgh: Elsevier

Chapters in edited books

Elcock, K (2008) Developing and sustaining the advanced practitioner role in Neno R & Price, D. (Eds.) The Handbook for Advanced Primary Care Nurses Open University Press

Elcock, K & Brophy S (2007) Maximising your learning in clinical practice. In Meyler, E and Trenoweth, S (eds.) Succeeding in Nursing and Midwifery Education Chichester, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Refereed articles in Academic Journals

Robb, E, Maxwell, E & Elcock, K (2011) How skill mix affects quality of care Nursing Times 107(47) 12-13

Robb, E., Jarman, B., Suntharalingam, G., Higgens, C., Tennant. R. Elcock, K (2010)Quality Improvement Report: Using care bundles to reduce in-hospital mortality: quantitative surveyBritish Medical Journal340:c1234, 861-863 (doi:10.1136/bmj.c1234)

Elcock K & Sookhoo D (2007) Research: Evaluating a new role to support mentors in practice Nursing Times 103(49) 30-31

Robb, E., Mackie, S., Elcock, K. (2007) Monitoring quality Nursing Management 14(5) 22-6

Sharples, K., Kelly, D., Elcock, K. (2007) Supporting mentors in practice Nursing Standard 21(39) 44-47

Elcock, K, Curtis, P., Sharples, K (2007) Supernumerary Status: an unrealised ideal Nurse Education in Practice 7(1) 4-10

Elcock K (1998) Lecturer Practitioner: a concept analysis Journal of Advanced Nursing 28(5) 1092-1098

Elcock K (1997) Reflections on being therapeutic and reflection Nursing in Critical Care 2(3) 138-143

Elcock K (1996) Consultant Nurse: an appropriate title for the advanced practitioner? British Journal of Nursing 5(22) 1376-1381

Elcock K (1994) Understanding blood transfusions Surgical Nurse 7(5) 20-24

Media Highlights

Karen is available to speak to the media about many aspects of nursing and nurse education.

Conference Highlights

Karen is a seasoned conference presenter in the UK. 

Professional Body Membership

The Nursing Midwifery Council

The Royal College of Nursing

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

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