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Karen O’Neill is a Senior Nurse experienced in emergency care and humanitarian aid. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Honours Nursing degree in 2003. Following this, she went on to graduate with a postgraduate Master of Arts degree in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response in 2012. Karen’s nursing career has been split between emergency-department nursing in the National Health Service and the humanitarian sector.
Karen is experienced in humanitarian development and also in crisis and disaster response. Most recently she worked on the Save the Children migrant crisis response. During this time, she worked as an emergency nurse at sea on their search and rescue programme in the Mediterranean.
During the West Africa Ebola Crisis, she worked as Medical Adviser for the UK National Ebola Response Programme providing assistance in Sierra Leone. In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Karen was a member of the UK International Emergency Trauma Register team. The crew provided emergency medical care to populations living on remote islands that had been injured during the disaster.
She has worked in both hospital settings and community outreach posts in Uganda, as well working on a programme delivering primary care to slum-dwelling communities in Mumbai. In addition to this, Karen has enjoyed leading training programmes in paediatric care in a hospital in Malawi. She also continues to offer her support to a charity that assists children with chronic ongoing illness needs in South West Uganda.
In 2016 Karen’s contribution to international nursing was recognised by the University of Manchester who presented her with an Outstanding Alumni of the Year award.