Dr Karen Heslop – Marshall

Karen is a nurse consultant at Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust and has worked in respiratory medicine since 1988. Karen mainly works in secondary care but also undertakes home visits.

Karen has represented nurses on a number of committees and guideline groups for asthma, bronchiectasis, COPD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, is currently co-chair of the British Thoracic Society Nurse Advisory group & co-chair of ARNS Education & Research Committee.

Karen completed a post graduate diploma in CBT in 2003 and developed a CBT treatment specifically for patients with respiratory problems and symptoms of anxiety or depression. Karen completed a National Institute of Health Research PhD Clinical Academic Research Fellowship in 2016. Karen’s research was the largest RCT into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for COPD patients who experience anxiety and depression. Karen is currently a co-applicant for the NIHR TANDEM study in the use of CBT for respiratory patients before pulmonary rehabilitation and is a supervisor for two PhD students.

Karen also provides a foundation course in CBT for the physical health setting for staff wanting to learn CBT skills. For further information please see her website