Carol is a registered nurse who has worked as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist and held senior clinical roles in the NHS and overseas for several years. Based in higher education since 2003 she has both clinical and academic expertise in the subject area. Carol is a Reader in Respiratory Care and Associate Dean Academic Planning and External Engagement in the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine, and Co-Director of the Respiratory Research Centre at Edge Hill University. She collaborates on several national and international projects and is a keen advocate for respiratory nursing and developing clinical academic career pathways. She was the founder Chair of the RNREC (Respiratory Nurse Research & Education Consortium), a collaborative venture between ARNS & the Health Research Institute at EHU. She is a member of the British Thoracic Society Quality Improvement Committee, NHS England & NHS Improvement Long Term Plan, Respiratory Delivery Board: Flexible Learning Working Group and is an Advisory Group Member for the Cochrane Airways Priority Setting Project.
Carol’s research interests focus on respiratory care, in particular the needs and care provided to respiratory patients, and the impact that training, education and knowledge have on the provision and quality of that care. Her current research projects include: models of self-management for bronchiectasis patients and development of an international curriculum for respiratory nurses. Carol has authored Cochrane reviews featuring antibiotic use and self-management in bronchiectasis. She was member of the BTS (British Thoracic Society) Emergency Oxygen Guidelines Group, collaborating on the latest BTS Emergency Oxygen Guidelines.