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Dr Vikki Park is Assistant Professor for Nursing and IPECP (Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice) in the Department of Nursing Midwifery & Health (NMH). The role involves faculty leadership for IPE, leading interprofessional learning across a wide suite of health and social care professional programmes. Additional roles include module leadership in the Advanced Clinical Practice Masters of Nursing programme, and teaching, assessing and supporting undergraduate nursing students.

Background
Vikki is a registered adult nurse; her healthcare career started in 1999 and after working predominantly within critical care, in 2010 Vikki became a full-time educator and taught for a year in a Further Education College. She has worked in Higher Education since 2011 in two northeast universities: Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland. Vikki has experience with teaching across undergraduate, postgraduate and international nursing programmes, being an academic assessor for nursing students, leading the Gateshead Practice Learning Team and being a Higher Education Academy / Advance HE (HEA) mentor for colleagues. Additional responsibilities have included being a Programme Leader and Module Leader for Level 7 International MSc Nursing modules, Module Leader for a large cross field Level 5 Nursing Practice module, and several advocacy roles such as Departmental Lead for the Parent and Carer Network and Equality and Diversity and Inclusion Champion for Parents and Carers.

Qualifications PhD., PG Dip., PG Cert., BSc (Hons), RN, RNT, SFHEA, HEA Mentor 
Prior to working in Higher Education, Vikki was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies, Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Development, a Post Graduate Diploma in Academic Practice Development and Professional Learning, gained status as a Fellow of the HEA, and became an NMC Registered Nurse Teacher. She was awarded her PhD in March 2021, and her thesis is entitled: 'Learning in Critical Care: A Focused Ethnography of Interprofessional Learning Culture'. Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA) was awarded in 2023.

 

Research interests

Vikki’s research interests focus upon interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) with respect to interprofessional learning, workforce development and education. Vikki is interested in qualitative research methodologies, with expertise in ethnography.

National and International Roles
Vikki is aligned to several national and international IPECP organisations. Vikki was appointed as a National Board member of CAIPE (the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education) in July 2021 following member election, and she is the Co-Chair of the CAIPE Research Priority Group. Prior to internal restructuring, Vikki was a CAIPE research working group member and IPE Standards working group member. Internationally, in December 2022, Vikki was elected to the Steering Committee as Co-Chair of the Communications group of IPR.Global (Interprofessional Research.Global). She was previously a working group member of IP.Global Capacity Building, and was a member of the IP.Global Café planning group which disseminates IPECP research and scholarly practice across global networks. In November 2023, Vikki won two international IP.Global awards recognising globally impactful contributions to the field of IPECP and she was invited to represent the UK at the 3rd International IP.Global Symposium; following contributions to global priority setting, Vikki is continuing her international work through membership of the IP.Global Communications Working Group.

Scholarly Interests
In addition to IPECP, principal areas of scholarly interest include simulation based education, critical care nursing, communication and interpersonal skills, and clinical skills development. Vikki is also interested in the use of creative writing in relation to health care experiences, reflection and practitioner development. She contributed to the publication of a regional anthology of poetry and has delivered regional and national workshops on this topic, as well as being awarded the BACCN 2016 National Poster Prize.

External Organisational Affiliations
In addition to CAIPE, IPR.Global and IP.Global, Vikki has experience as a Trustee of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses and was appointed as Treasurer for the BACCN Northern Regional Committee. Vikki is also affiliated with a number of other professional organisations including NoECCN (North of England Critical Care Network), INHWE (International Network for Health and Workforce Education) and the Northeast and North Cumbria Integrated Care System IPE development group.

Professional Expertise
Vikki 
is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Interprofessional Care and was an adult critical care reviewer for the Nursing in Critical Care journal for 3 years (2020-2023). In 2021, she successfully secured a consultancy role supporting Staffordshire University academics to integrate IPECP into their health and social care curriculum. Vikki is an External Examiner for Glasgow Caledonian University for several interprofessional modules. Based on her global reputation for IPECP Vikki has been invited as an international guest speaker and panellist to Saint Louis University in Missouri, USA and the University of the Philippines Manila, nationally as keynote at Ulster University, and regionally as keynote at the North East Simulation Network Conference. Vikki has also hosted several international IPECP colleagues: Gumi University, South Korea; the University of New Mexico; and St George's University, Grenada.  

 

Further Information

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD

3 Mar 202131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 3 Mar 2021

Nursing, PhD, Learning in Critical Care: A Focused Ethnography of Interprofessional Learning, Northumbria University

16 Apr 20123 Mar 2021

Award Date: 3 Mar 2021

Professional Development, PGCert

Award Date: 16 Mar 2011

Teaching and Learning, PGDip, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2010

Professional Development, PGDip

Award Date: 1 Mar 2010

Professional Development, PGCert, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007

Nursing Studies, BSc (Hons), Northumbria University

Award Date: 16 Sept 2002

Nursing, BSc (Hons)

Award Date: 16 Sept 2002

Mathematics, A Level, Newcastle College

Award Date: 31 Aug 1998

Physics, A Level, Newcastle College

Award Date: 28 Aug 1998

Biology, A Level, Newcastle College

Award Date: 29 Aug 1997

External positions

Interprofessional.Global (IP.Global) - The Global Confederation of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

Nov 2023 → …

CAIPE Co-Lead Research Priority Group - Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education

Mar 2023 → …

Interprofessional Research.Global (IPR.Global): Steering Committee Member & Co-Chair of the Communication & Marketing Group

15 Dec 202215 Dec 2024

External Examiner - Glasgow Caledonian University

1 Oct 202230 Sept 2026

CAIPE National Board Member: The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education

Jul 2021Jul 2027

Wiley Publisher: Nursing in Critical Care journal - adult critical care reviewer

24 May 202024 May 2022

Adult Intensive Care Reviewer: Nursing in Critical Care journal, Wiley Publishers

20202023

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