Karen has been at the Public Health Institute (PHI) for ten years, working with various monitoring and surveillance systems. When she began her public health career at PHI in 2006, she joined the Criminal Justice Team as a Data Administrator for the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP). In 2009, Karen became a Prisons Data Quality Analyst for the team before spending a brief period of time with the North West Public Health Observatory. Karen returned to working with prisons’ data and had a leading role in the implementation of the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) in prisons.
When the NDTMS team moved over to Public Health England in 2013, Karen chose to stay with PHI and joined the Trauma and Injury Intelligence Group (TIIG) as a Public Health Researcher/Analyst. In 2014 she became the TIIG Project Lead, managing the intentional and unintentional injury data collected routinely via the TIIG monitoring system.
Karen recently returned to work following maternity leave and is now the Criminal Justice Project Lead, responsible for the monitoring of DIP (where it is still in existence) and criminal justice interventions in relation to drug misuse across Merseyside. As part of an integrated Intelligence and Surveillance Monitoring Team, Karen continues to be involved with the TIIG project.
Karen is also currently studying for an MSc in Public Health with PHI and hopes to graduate next year.