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Dr Vikki Park

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

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.

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. Previous roles and responsibilities included teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes, being an academic assessor for nursing students, leading the Gateshead Practice Learning Team and being a Higher Education Academy (HEA) mentor for colleagues. Additional responsibilities included being a Programme Leader and Module Leader for Level 7 International MSc Nursing modules, Module Leader for a cross field Level 5 Nursing Practice module, and several advocacy roles such as Departmental Lead for the Parent and Carer Network and EDI Champion for Parents and Carers.

Qualifications PhD., PG Dip., PG Cert., BSc (Hons), RN, RNT, FHEA, 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'.


Vikki Park

Vikki’s research interests focus upon interprofessional learning, specifically within the critical care environment and in relation to workforce development and education. Vikki is interested in qualitiative 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 a CAIPE research working group member and IPE Standards working group member. Internationally she is a Marketing and Communication member of IPR.Global (Interprofessional Research.Global), is a working group member of IP.Global Capacity Building, and is a member of the IP.Global café planning group which disseminates IPECP research and scholarly practice across global networks. 

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
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 an adult critical reviewer for the Nursing in Critical Care journal. In 2021, she also successfully secured a consultancy role supporting Staffordshire University academics to integrate IPECP into their health and social care curriculum. 


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Emergency remote teaching for interprofessional education during COVID-19: student experiences, Sy, M., Park, V., Nagraj, S., Power, A., Herath, C. 2 Jan 2022, In: British Journal of Midwifery
  • Home(pre)schoolers United: The power of peer support during a pandemic: Working parents and grandparents in academia, Grimshaw, L., Meredith, C., Mulholland, K., Heslop, K., Park, V., Allan, J., Duncan, J. 24 Jun 2021, Motherhood and Work
  • Learning in lockdown: exploring the impact of COVID-19 on interprofessional education, Power, A., Sy, ., Hutchings, M., Coleman, T., El-Awaisi, A., Kitema, ., Gallagher, J., Herath,, C., McLarnon, N., Nagraj, S., Nazar, H., O'Carroll, V., Owens, ., Park, V., Pope, ., Wetzlmair, ., Anderson, E., Greaves, J. 2 Nov 2021, In: British Journal of Midwifery
  • Research methodology: Doing ethnography - the journey from research design to data analysis. Research Conversations - Northumbria University Research Series, Park, V. 1 Apr 2021
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of interprofessional education: it's not all bad news, Wetzlmair, L., Kitema, G., O'Carroll, V., El-Awaisi, A., Power, A., Owens, M., Park, V., McKinley, M., Anderson, E., Loder-Fink, B. 2 Dec 2021, In: British Journal of Midwifery

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Trends in Facilitating IPECP competencies inside and outside of the classroom. 2022
  • Oral presentation: A series of articles exploring the impact of COVID-19 on IPE in a global context. 2022
  • Oral presentation: IPE at Northumbria University 2022
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: CAIPE Regional Forum March 2022 2022
  • Membership of network: IPE Standards Working Group: Centre of the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (External organisation) 2022
  • Invited talk: Interprofessional Education at Northumbria University 2021
  • Membership of network: CAIPE National Board Member: Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (External organisation) 2021
  • Membership of network: ICS IPE Northern Regional Development Group (External organisation) 2021
  • Invited talk: Implementing IPE into Health Professional Curricula. 2021
  • Oral presentation: NU Talks! ‘Asking the stupid questions’: Exploring ways to learn from others in clinical practice. 2021

  • Philosophy PhD March 03 2021
  • Teaching and Learning PGDip June 01 2010
  • Professional Development PGCert June 01 2007
  • Nursing Studies BSc (Hons) September 16 2002
  • Mathematics A Level August 31 1998
  • Physics A Level August 28 1998
  • Biology A Level August 29 1997
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2010
  • NMC Registered Nurse Teacher NMC RNT 2010
  • NMC Registered Nurse - Adult Nursing NMC RN 2002

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