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Dr Vikki Park

Assistant Professor

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 / Advance HE (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 Equality, 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) awarded in 2023.


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 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. 

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 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.


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Interprofessional education after the pandemic: lessons learned and future considerations, Park, V., McLarnon, N., Hutchings, M., Power, A., Blumenthal, S., Wetzlmair, L., Sy, M., McDermott, J., Boyle, L., Herath, C., Anderson, E. 2 Sep 2023, In: British Journal of Midwifery
  • Academics' experiences of online interprofessional education in response to COVID-19, Power, A., Park, V., Owens, ., Sy, M. 2 Apr 2022, In: British Journal of Midwifery
  • 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
  • Humour: A Bridge to Interprofessional Learning: IP.Global Café International Presentation, Park, V. 23 Sep 2022
  • Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) in Post-CO ID Healthcare Education and Practice Transformation Era – Discussion Paper. Joint Publication by InterprofessionalResearch.Global, American Interprofessional Health Collaborative & Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative., Khalili, H., Park, V., Daulton, B., Langlois, S., Wetzlmair, L., MacMillan, K., El-Awaisi, A., Green, C., Ballard, J., Pandey, J., Konrad, S., Frost, J., Kolcu, M., Kolcu, G., McCartan, C., Baugh, G., Gaboury, I., Breitbach, A., Brown, R., Pfeifle, A. 31 Oct 2022
  • Moving interprofessional education to a virtual platform, Park, V. 10 Mar 2022, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Online platform utilised during COVID can boost teaching toolkit, Park, V., Holland, R. 9 Jun 2022, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Organisational Influences, Park, V. 1 Sep 2022, Fundamentals of Critical Care, Hoboken, NJ, Wiley
  • Rethinking assessment for interprofessional learning during the COVID-19 era: steering a middle course, McLarnon, N., Hutchings, M., O'Carroll, V., Wetzlmair, ., Blumenthal, S., Boyle, L., El-Awaisi, A., Greaves, J., Park, V., Power, A. 2 Oct 2022, In: British Journal of Midwifery
  • The Critical Care Unit, Park, V. 1 Sep 2022, Fundamentals of Critical Care, Hoboken, NJ, Wiley

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Keynote; Creating & Sustaining an Interprofessional Learning Culture: Embedding Interprofessional Education. 2023
  • Invited talk: Keynote: Making space for interprofessional learning in simulation: Learning and working together for patient safety. 2023
  • Invited talk: 3rd Interprofessional.Global International Partnership Symposium 2023
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Interprofessional Care (Journal) 2023
  • Oral presentation: Interprofessional.Global Cafe: Part 2: Learning in Lockdown: Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on interprofessional education to inform future provision. 2023
  • Hosting an academic visitor: Frances McGill 2023
  • Membership of network: CAIPE Research Priority Group Co-Chair (External organisation) 2023
  • Membership of network: Interprofessional Research.Global Communications Working Group Co-Chair (External organisation) 2022
  • Examination: External Examiner: Glasgow Caledonian University 2022
  • Invited talk: Trends in Facilitating IPECP competencies inside and outside of the classroom. 2022

  • Philosophy PhD March 03 2021
  • Nursing PhD March 03 2021
  • Professional Development PGCert March 16 2011
  • Teaching and Learning PGDip June 01 2010
  • Professional Development PGDip March 01 2010
  • Professional Development PGCert June 01 2007
  • Nursing Studies BSc (Hons) September 16 2002
  • Nursing BSc (Hons) September 16 2002
  • Mathematics A Level August 31 1998
  • Physics A Level August 28 1998
  • Biology A Level August 29 1997
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy / Advance HE SFHEA 2023
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2010
  • NMC Registered Nurse Teacher NMC RNT 2010
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2009
  • Registered Nurse Teacher RNT, NMC 2009
  • Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2002
  • NMC Registered Nurse - Adult Nursing NMC RN 2002

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