Mrs Karen Reed

Mrs Karen Reed

Lecturer in Podiatry

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



Karen studied Podiatry at the Chelsea School in 1980 to 1983 obtaining a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine. In 1997 she achieved a MSc in Taught research. Karen has had a long established career working in both Podiatry within the NHS and Private Practice as well as in NHS management with a focus on Clinical Governance. Karen won two study bursaries one to visit Denmark to look at the implementation of Care Pathways at Amagar Hospital in Copenhagen and the second was to the USA to visit several hospital members of the Planetree foundation and the delivery of Patient Focused Care.  

Prior to joining the University as Academic Outreach Manager (part-time), where she developed the STEP-UP Challenge Badge for Girlguiding which promoted Podiatry as a Career to young people Karen spent 9 years working for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists / College of Podiatry supporting members to advance their workplace learning.  As part of her many responsibilities supporting the membership Karen piloted the introduction of PebblePad as a membership resource to support CPD within the Profession. Subsequent to this Karen was also an elected member of the Council sitting on several committees including the Editorial Board and Professional Practice Committee while she continued to work for a Private Practice in Dorset and having a particular focus on Podiatry associated with Mental Health conditions an in particular in Dementia.  

Karen has now joined the Podiatry Academic team to support the degree apprenticeship programme as the Academic workplace Tutor. With her wealth of experience in workplace learning and supporting members in the professional body Karen's skills complements the Podiatry lecturing team in delivering the Degree apprenticeship.  


MSc Research Methods

Certificate in the Management of Productivity

Diploma in Management Studies

Diploma in Podiatric Medicine

Professional membership

HPCP Registered Podiatrist

Member of Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

Roles on external bodies

Elected Member of Council for College of Podiatry 2016 to 2019

Trustee College of Podiatry 
Member of Professional Practice Committee (College of Podiatry)
Member of Employment Relations Committee




Journal Papers - Professional Journals

Reed K., 2014, Clinical audit as part of your CPD, Podiatry Now, Vol 17: December, p20.

Reed K., 2014 Survey of Podiatry Assistants, their job title and training provision, Podiatry Now, Vol 17 May, p28.

Reed K., 2013, Are you computer savvy? Where to find help improving your computer (ICT) skills, Podiatry Now, Vol 16, November, p22.

Reed K., 2013, The role of a ULR; signposting to a new career in Podiatry, Podiatry Now, Vol 16. April p40

Reed K., 2011, PebblePad: A tool for CPD Part 1, Podiatry Now, Vol 14, August, p26.

Reed K., 2011, PebblePad: A tool for CPD Part 2, Podiatry Now, Vol 14, September, p28

Reed K., 2011, PebblePad: A tool for CPD Part 3 -the HCPC Audit, Podiatry Now, Vol 14, October, p26

Reed K., 2010, Case Study the Role of a ULR, Podiatry Now, June: p50.

Reed K., 2010, Learning at workday 2010; the society awarded £800 in grants from TUC, Podiatry Now, September; p42.

Reed K., 2010, Newly Recruited Learning Reps complete basic training course, Podiatry Now, February,p 40.

Reed K., 2010, Advanced ULR training; what did the team from North Yorkshire Gain? Podiatry Now, August, 38.

Reed K., 2009, Bournemouth and District Branch: meeting its members’ needs, Podiatry Now, September, p51



Conference Papers

Reed K, Salem L, 2012, The Impact on the Compliance of recording CPD activity following the introduction of an eportfolio within a professional membership organisation, Making the Case: More effective practice with PebblePad: 107-110



Reports & invited lectures

2019, Managing Patients with Dementia – Best Practice. Primary Care and Public Health Conference (Invited speaker)

2012, Managing all that information, The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrist Annual Conference (Invited speaker)


2015 Blog on the Unionlearn website about teaching Union Branch Members ICT skills.