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Jackson, Karina – dermatology consultant nurse


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Karina Jackson, dermatology nurse consultant



Area of expertise: nurse led services, adult medical dermatology, non-medical prescribing

  • Biography

    Karina Jackson has worked as a nurse in the NHS since 1987. She has worked predominantly in the speciality of dermatology as a ward sister, researcher, nurse specialist and as a consultant nurse since 2005. 

    Her area of expertise is in the management of inflammatory skin disease and she has worked in the severe adult psoriasis and eczema services for a number of years.

    She leads a team of dermatology nurses who provide services, including systemic therapy clinics and topical day-care. She developed the Eczema Education Programme for parents and is currently developing psychology services to support patients with skin disease.

  • Education and training

    • Registered Nurse training at Nottingham School of Nursing
    • BA (Hons), Sheffield Hallam University
    • Diploma in Clinical Research, John Moores University
    • MSc in Advancing Professional Healthcare Practice at King's College London (KCL)
    • Non-medical prescriber training, KCL
  • Specialist interests

    • Nurse led clinics in medicines management
    • Topical therapy
    • Systemic therapy monitoring
    • Biological therapies
    • Patient and parental educational interventions
    • Psychological wellbeing

    Karina is lead for specialist nursing education in department and developed a dermatology care course for nurses and more recently a skin surgery course for nurses.

    She is the founder and past chair of British Dermatological Nursing Group nurse prescribing sub-group and biologics sub-group and past member of BDNG scientific committee. She is on the editorial board of Dermatological Nursing, a Trustee for the Psoriasis Association and chair of the nursing educational work stream within the British Association of Dermatologists.

  • Research interests

    • Educational interventions in chronic inflammatory skin disease.
  • Awards

    • Nightingale Nurse Award (2018)
    • Recipient of the dermatology nurse of distinction ‘Stone Award’ (2016) 

    • BMJ dermatology team of the year award (2016)

    • Psychological support in severe skin disorders (2014)
    • British Journal of Nursing awards – dermatology category (2011) high commendation for the Eczema Education Programme
    • Service innovation grant (2008) to develop and run a parental eczema education programme in Lambeth