Karen Verrill

Programme Manager

Patient Safety, Identifying deterioration in care homes, Blood Pressure Optimisation

Karen currently works on the Managing Deterioration programme is to reduce deterioration associated harm by improving the prevention, identification, escalation and response to physical deterioration.  This involves working with key partners and stakeholders to promote better system co-ordination and develop safe and reliable pathways of care. She also leads on a new programme – Blood Pressure Optimisation. Working in the NHS for the last 7 years as a midwife, she has worked in both hospital and community settings.  She developed an interest in research and innovation and then moved into clinical research.  This included working on a number of COVID-19 clinical trials and considers this to be the highlight of her research career.  Spending some time working in the Newcastle Joint Research Office, she worked in research governance and was also the project manager for a number of quality improvement initiatives.  Prior to joining the NHS, she had a long career working in regional government where she was involved in several roles aimed at tackling deprivation and addressing health and social inequalities.  She managed several successful projects involving the community and voluntary sector and has a Masters in Public Policy and Regeneration.

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