Introducing our 2021/22 Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholar, Karen Hill

The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust, with support from the Anne Campbell Memorial Fund, are delighted to have sponsored a Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholarship for 2021/22. This prestigious Scholarship contributes to the professional development of future nurse leaders and we are delighted to have supported our second scholar on this programme.

After undertaking her nurse training at St Thomas’s, Karen’s career has spanned many years in cardiac ICU, general ICU, working as a practice development lead for ICU, travelling to Australia, New Zealand and USA to examine practice development models and as Senior Matron for Critical Care, Critical Care Outreach and Acuity.  She has been on the National Board of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses and completed her MSc Nursing. She has also been a part time lecturer at the University of Southampton on the ICU course and the Masters programme for Advanced practice and has taught 4th year medical students in Acute care.

More recently she has had a secondment to lead Governance and Safety in Cancer care and currently she sits within the Divisional Management team leading on Acuity and Advanced Practice in Southampton. She has some publications to her name and is a clinical reviewer for the Intensive and Critical Care journal.

The project that she is concentrating on is forging the development of a substance misuse service within her hospital to support patients with addictions. Currently the only provision for this cohort of patients is the Pain team who are not experts in this field of practice.  This is a Quality Improvement project which is multifaceted working between the acute hospital, the community and the City Council.  It will serve to develop her skills in working across agencies, negotiating terms and agreements, developing the financial business case for need, setting up a service from scratch and most importantly measuring the benefits for the patients.  Karen feels that it will stretch and develop her skills and for the patients, improve the care and the experience that they are receiving both now and in the future.

Outside work she has 3 children who keep her active either standing on the side-lines watching rugby, on windy beaches kite surfing, or with wet nights watching netball.  She is also an avid Park Runner and camper.

Karen says “I’m really looking forward to learning through this Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership programme and gaining skills to enhance my leadership and be able to make improvements for patients and the future. I am so very thankful to the Company of Nurses for supporting me in this FNF leadership programme. This is such an exciting opportunity which I am delighted to have been accepted for”.