Jackson, Karina – dermatology consultant nurse


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Karina Jackson, dermatology nurse consultant


Email: karina.jackson@gstt.nhs.uk

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 well-being.

    Karina is lead for specialist nursing education in department and developed a dermatology care course for nurses in collaboration with KCL School of Nursing and Midwifery which can be taken as part of an MSc Advanced Practice Programme 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 currently consultant editor of Dermatological Nursing.

  • Research interests

    • Educational interventions in chronic inflammatory skin disease.
  • Awards

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