Ms Karen Elcock

Ms Karen Elcock

School: Nursing

Job Title: Head of Programmes: Pre-registration Nursing


Phone: 0208 417 5730

Location: Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7LB


Karen is an experienced nurse academic who has been working in nurse education since 1986 starting as a Clinical Tutor (ITU), then a Nurse Tutor, Senior Lecturer, Director of Practice and Work-based Learning and currently as Head of Programmes - Pre-registration Nursing and Deputy Head of School.

Her professional interests lie in practice education and on developing a high quality educational experience for student nurses.

She is an experienced author of both books and journal articles and a seasoned conference speaker.

Externally Karen is a reviewer for The Journal of Advanced Nursing and Nurse Education in Practice and a member of their International Editorial Board. She is also an experienced external reviewer for pre-registration nursing programmes and external examiner.

Karen has been a Role Model for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education: Aurora Leadership Programme since 2013 .

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgDip, Research Methods , Thames Valley University
  • MSc, Nursing,, RCN / University of Manchester
  • BSc, Computer Science,, University of Hertfordshire
  • Cert Ed (FE) , Registered Nurse Tutor, , University of Huddersfield
  • JBCNS 100, Intensive Care Nursing,, Brent & Harrow School of Nursing
  • State Registered Nurse,, , Thomas Guy School of Nursing

Professional experience

  • 2011 - present
    Head of Programmes - Pre-registration Nursing /Deputy Head of School, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
  • 2008 - 2011
    Director of Practice and Work-based Learning, University of West London
  • 2002 - 2008
    Project Leader - Learning Community Development, Thames Valley University
  • 2000 - 2002
    Head of Subject (Adult Nursing), Thames Valley University
  • 1994 - 2000
    Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Thames Valley University
  • 1989 - 1994
    Senior Tutor, North West London College of Nursing
  • 1986 - 1989
    Clinical Teacher ITU Course., Brent and Harrow School of Nursing
  • 1983 - 1986
    Sister ITU/CCU, Northwick Park Hospital
  • 1980 - 1983
    Various Staff Nurse Posts,
  • 1977 - 1980
    Student Nurse, Thomas Guy School of Nursing

Professional registration and membership

  • Registered Nurse Tutor (RNT) recorded with NMC as Lecturer/Practice Educator - , Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Registered Nurse -, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Research interests

Practice education: preparation for practice learning, supporting learners in practice and support roles for students in practice; curriculum evaluation.

Grants and funding

  • 2011 - 2011
    The identification of staff development needs to successfully implement the new BSc Nursing programme.


Reviewer - Journal of Advanced Nursing
Member of International Editorial Board and Reviewer - Nurse Education in Practice
External Examiner - University of Wolverhampton (2010 to 2014)
External Examiner - Bournemouth University (2012-2016)
External Examiner - Swansea University (2017- )
External Examiner Northumbria (2017- )
Role Model for Aurora Leadership Foundation for Higher Education


Number of items: 30.


Elcock, Karen (2015) Tips for preceptorship. Nursing Standard, 29(50), p. 63. ISSN (print) 0029-6570

Elcock, Karen (2014) Working in partnership: the need for candour and transparency. British Journal of Nursing, 23(1), p. 62. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Elcock, Karen (2014) Ensuring a quality placement: the importance of the mentor. British Journal of Nursing, 23(5), p. 288. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Elcock, Karen (2014) Importance of being flexible in nurse education. British Journal of Nursing, 23(15), p. 847. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Elcock, Karen (2014) Protecting the public through collaboration and shared ownership. British Journal of Nursing, 23(9), p. 487. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Elcock, Karen (2014) Supporting students with disabilities: good progress, but must try harder. British Journal of Nursing, 23(13), p. 758. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Elcock, Karen (2013) Raising concerns in an open culture. British Journal of Nursing, 22(19), p. 1140. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Elcock, Karen (2013) Clinical placements: are we heading towards a 'buyer's market'? British Journal of Nursing, 22(15), p. 905. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Elcock, Karen (2013) Mentorship: do the returns justify the investment? British Journal of Nursing, 22(11), p. 662. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Perkins, Andrew, Burton, Louise, Dray, Beattie and Elcock, Karen (2013) Evaluation of a multiple-mini-interview protocol used as a selection tool for entry to an undergraduate nursing programme. Nurse Education Today, 33(5), pp. 465-469. ISSN (print) 0260-6917

Elcock, Karen (2013) Recruiting nursing applicants: will ‘patients first and foremost’ work? British Journal of Nursing, 22(7), p. 424. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Robb, Elizabeth, Maxwell, Elaine and Elcock, Karen (2011) How skill mix affects quality of care. Nursing Times, 107(47), pp. 12-13. ISSN (print) 0954-7762

Robb, Elizabeth, Jarman, Brian, Suntharalingam, Ganesh, Higgens, Claire, Tennant, Rachel and Elcock, Karen (2010) Using care bundles to reduce in-hospital mortality: quantitative survey. British Medical Journal (BMJ), 340(c1234), pp. 861-863. ISSN (print) 0959-8138

Elcock, Karen and Sookhoo, Dave (2007) Evaluating a new role to support mentors in practice. Nursing Times, 103(49), pp. 30-31. ISSN (print) 0954-7762

Robb, Elizabeth, Mackie, Susan and Elcock, Karen (2007) Monitoring quality. Nursing Management, 14(5), pp. 22-26. ISSN (print) 1354-5760

Sharples, Kathryn, Kelly, Dawn and Elcock, Karen (2007) Supporting mentors in practice. Nursing Standard, 21(39), pp. 44-47. ISSN (print) 0029-6570

Elcock, Karen, Curtis, Peter and Sharples, Kathryn (2007) Supernumerary status: an unrealised ideal. Nurse Education in Practice, 7(1), pp. 4-10. ISSN (print) 1471-5953

Elcock, Karen (1998) Lecturer practitioner: a concept analysis. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 28(5), pp. 1092-1098. ISSN (print) 0309-2402

Elcock, Karen (1997) Reflections on being therapeutic and reflection. Nursing In Critical Care, 2(3), pp. 138-145. ISSN (print) 1362-1017


Elcock, Karen, ed. (2015) Getting into Nursing. 2nd ed. London, U.K. : Sage: Learning Matters. 176p. (Transforming Nursing Practice) ISBN 9781473902619

Elcock, Karen, ed. (2012) Getting into nursing. London, U.K. : Sage. 146p. (Transforming Nursing Practice) ISBN 9780857258953

Sharples, Kath and Elcock, Karen (2011) Preceptorship for newly registered nurses. Exeter, U.K. : Learning Matters. 184p. ISBN 9780857253736

Elcock, Karen and Sharples, Kath (2011) A nurse's survival guide to mentoring. Edinburgh, U.K. : Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. 296p. ISBN 9780702039461

Book Section

Elcock, Karen (2015) Accountability and professionalism. In: Delves-Yates, Catherine, (ed.) Essentials of nursing practice. London, U.K. : SAGE. pp. 91-102. ISBN 9781446273111

Elcock, Karen (2015) Clinical governance. In: Delves-Yates, Catherine, (ed.) Essentials of nursing practice. London, U.K. : SAGE. pp. 127-139. ISBN 9781446273111

Elcock, Karen and Shapcott, Jean (2015) Core communication skills. In: Delves-Yates, Catherine, (ed.) Essentials of nursing practice. London, U.K. : SAGE. pp. 211-222. ISBN 9781446273111

Delves-Yates, Catherine, Elcock, Karen, Hall, Carol, Northway, Ruth and Trenoweth, Steve (2015) What is nursing and what is a nurse? In: Delves-Yates, Catherine, (ed.) Essentials of nursing practice. London, U.K. : SAGE. pp. 3-14. ISBN 9781446273111

Elcock, Karen (2008) Developing and sustaining the advanced practitioner role. In: Neno, Rebecca and Price, Debby, (eds.) The handbook for advanced primary care Nurses. Berkshire, U.K. : Open University Press. pp. 117-132. ISBN 9780335223534

Elcock, Karen and Brophy, Stella (2007) Maximising your learning in practice placements. In: Meyler, Eddie and Trenoweth, Steve, (eds.) Succeeding in Nursing and Midwifery Education. Chichester, U.K. : John Wiley & Sons. pp. 155-166. ISBN 9780470035566

Conference or Workshop Item

Sharples, Kath and Elcock, Karen (2016) Selecting newly qualified registered nurses through multi-mini interviews. In: NET2016: 27th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference; 06-08 Sep 2016, Cambridge, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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