Dr Kerry Gaskin


Principal Lecturer/Head of Department

Department of Midwifery & CPD

Contact Details

email: k.gaskin@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855156

Kerry is Head of Department for Midwifery and CPD and a Principal Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice, in the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery (TCSNM). She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team in TCSNM and teaches across Nursing, Midwifery, Advanced Clinical Practice and Paramedic Science. Kerry was Course Leader for the MSc ACP 2017-2019 and has previously been Course Leader and Admissions Tutor for Children’s Nursing (2005-2013). Kerry is a Registered Children’s Nurse and Registered Adult Nurse and has a wealth of clinical and research experience in her subject area having worked in children’s cardiac intensive care; high dependency care, as a Cardiac Nurse Practice Educator and Clinical Practice Development Facilitator at several specialist Children’s Cardiac Unit and Children’s Hospitals in the UK before moving into academia. 

Kerry is the Chairperson of the Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association UK and member of the Society of Paediatric Cardiovascular Nurses USA. Kerry has represented children’s cardiac nurses as a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission; Consultant for the Royal College of Nursing; Nurse Representative for the British Congenital Cardiac Association and more recently representing the CCNA on the Health Education England (HEE) Children and Young People Model Review Oversight Board - Stakeholder Sub-Group, Advanced Clinical Practice. Kerry led the development of RCN core competencies for children’s cardiac nurses (RCN 2014) which has been recently updated (RCN 2020) and informed the congenital heart disease standards and service specifications (NHS England 2016).

Kerry completed her PhD in 2017, she is a mixed-methods researcher with a particular interest in the experiences of parents of infants with complex congenital heart disease. Her continuing research focuses on parental home assessment using a Congenital Heart Assessment Tool (CHAT), to enable parents to identify signs of deterioration in their infant and to make prompt contact with the appropriate health care professional. Kerry was shortlisted as Finalist for the Nurse Scientist of the Year Award at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Annual Cardiology Conference (2016) coming 2nd and was winner of the best poster for the CHAT e-learning resource at the UW Learning & Teaching Conference in 2019. She has an Honorary Contract as a Nurse Researcher in the Cardiac Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Research Development Working Group, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust. Kerry became an Associate Editor for Evidence Based Nursing Journal in 2020. Kerry represents the TCSNM on the College Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and the University of Worcester Research Committee; and is Director of Studies for two PhD students.

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Coventry University 2017
  • PG Cert Higher Education Professional Practice, Coventry University 2008
  • MSc Advanced Practice Nursing, University of Central England 2006
  • BA (Hons) Paediatric Nursing, Oxford Brookes University 1996

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2008
  • Registered Nurse Tutor, Coventry University, 2008
  • ENB160 Paediatric Cardiothoracic Medical & Surgical Nursing, London South Bank University 1998
  • Registered Nurse (Child), Oxford Brookes University 1996
  • Registered General Nurse, South Birmingham College of Nursing 1992

Teaching & Research

Clinical/Teaching interests:

  • Advanced health assessment of children and young people
  • Advancing clinical practice for practitioners working with children and young people
  • Children & young people's complex and palliative care
  • Cardiovascular practice/Congenital cardiothoracic care/Intensive Care/High Dependency
    Advanced Paediatric Life Support
  • Developmental Anatomy & Physiology

Children’s Nursing Curriculum development and design, inter-professional e-Learning and clinical simulation, online problem-based learning, incorporating innovative pedagogies into the curriculum, evidence-based practice

Research interests:

  • Parents’ experiences of having a baby during the COVID19 lockdown
  • Parental early assessment and monitoring of fragile infants with complex congenital heart disease (CHD) at home
  • Parents experiences and psychosocial functioning whilst caring for their fragile infants with complex CHD
  • Palliative and end of life care for children and young people with complex CHD
  • Advanced Practice (Paediatric and Neonatal services)


Professional Bodies

  • Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association UK                 Chairperson
  • British Congenital Cardiac Association                         Member
  • Society of Paediatric Cardiovascular Nurses USA       Member
  • Royal College of Nursing                                              Member
  • Nursing Midwifery Council                                            Member
  • Higher Education Academy                                          Fellow


Gaskin K, Barron D, Wray J (2020) Parents’ experiences of transition from hospital to home after their infant’s first stage cardiac surgery: psychological, physical, physiological and financial survival, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (accepted 26th May 2020, awaiting publication)

Ransley B, Gaskin K and Frank H (2019) A Systematised Literature Review Investigating the Effects of Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) Therapy on Clinical Outcomes in Patients wit Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In: ACPRC Conference 2019: Innovate, Influence and Inspire, 26th - 27th April 2019, Birmingham Conference and Exhibition Centre. (Unpublished)  http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/8172/

Gaskin K & Kennedy F (2019) Key issues in the care of children, young people and adults with Congenital Heart Disease, Nursing Standard, Published Online 1st July 2019

Gaskin K., Daniels A., Reynolds V., Pearson S., Beatty G. (2019) Preparing parents for discharge from hospital with their infant after complex cardiac surgery using the Congenital Heart Assessment Tool. An online learning resource for health care professionals, Cardiology in the Young, Supplement, 29 (1): S192 doi:10.1017/S1047951119000489, https://www.aepc2019.org/cty/

Drury NE, Stoll VM, Bond CJ, Patel AJ, Hutchinson S, Clift PF, on behalf of the collaborators. (2018) Research priorities in single-ventricle heart conditions: a United Kingdom national study. Cardiology in the Young, page 1 of 7. doi: 10.1017/S104795111800224X

Reid A & Gaskin K (2018) Parents’ experiences of receiving an antenatal versus post-natal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease, Nursing Children and Young People, 30 (6), 19-25 ISSN 2046-2336. Published 8th November 2018, http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/7285/

Gaskin KL, Wray J, Barron DJ (2018) Acceptability of a parental early warning tool for parents of infants with complex congenital heart disease: a qualitative feasibility study Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103 (9):880-886 ISSN 0003-9888 Online: 1468-2044 Published online 22nd March 2018 http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/6526/

Smith E, Wray J & Gaskin K (2017) Evaluating an early warning tool: setting the standard of safe care for infants with complex heart conditions at home. Innovating for Improvement, Final Report November 2017. The Health Foundation, available at: https://www.health.org.uk/sites/default/files/2019-05/IFI%20R4%20GOSH%20final%20report_website%20version.pdf

Gaskin KL (2017) Patterns of transition experience for parents going home from hospital with their infant after first stage surgery for complex congenital heart disease, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 41:e23-e32 ISSN 0882-5963 Online: 1532-8449, Published online 6th December 2017; Published July 2018, http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/6227/

Gaskin KL, Barron DJ, Daniels A (2016) Parents’ preparedness for their infant’s discharge following first-stage cardiac surgery: development of a parental early warning tool, Cardiology in the Young, online first June 2016

Gaskin KL (2016) 77. Traversing the Boundaries and Borders of Discharge from Hospital Following First Stage Surgery for Complex Congenital Heart Disease: the Parents’ Experience, World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Vol. 7(2) 245-289

Gaskin KL, Barron D, Rooney M, Cooper L, Mohammed N (2016) 76. Psychosocial Adjustment and Adaptation in Parents of Infants with Complex Congenital Heart Disease Going Home for the Frst Time Following First Stage Cardiac Surgery: A Prospective Review, World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Vol. 7(2) 245-289

Gaskin KL, Barron D, Rooney M, Cooper L, Mohammed N (2016) P12 Acceptability of a parental early warning tool: outcomes from a feasibility study of parental home monitoring and assessment, Heart, 102:A6-A7 

Upton P, Erol R, Taylor C, Gaskin K, Rouse J (2015) Evaluation of Education for NHS Scotland staff working with Neonatal and Children’s Service.  Annual Report. University of Worcester.

Gaskin K, Barron D, Cooper L, Mohammed N, Rooney M, Daniels A, Hutchinson S  (2015) A Feasibility Study of Parental Home Monitoring and Assessment of Babies with Complex Congenital Heart Disease, Heart Research UK Interim report, 27/05/15

Pinfield J, Gaskin K, Bentley J, Rouse J (2015) Recognition and management of asthma in children and young people, Nursing Standard, 30(3):50-58

Gaskin K (2015) Explaining mixed-methods research for the children’s nurse and novice researcher, Nursing Children and Young People; 27:5: 12

Gaskin KL, Hutchinson S (2015) Transition from hospital to home: psychosocial adaptation and adjustment in parents of infants with single ventricle heart conditions, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100 (Suppl 3): A5

Gaskin KL, Barron D, Rooney M, Cooper L, Mohammed N (2015) A prospective review of psychosocial functioning in parents of infants with complex congenital heart disease going home for the first time following first stage cardiac surgery, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100 (Suppl 3): A6

Gaskin K (2015) Parent’s experiences of going home with their infant following first stage cardiac surgery for complex congenital heart disease:
Implications for discharge planning
, Research Lecture Series, 25th February 2015, University of Worcester

Gaskin KL; Hutchinson S (2015) Parents experiences of going home with their infant following first stage cardiac surgery for single ventricle heart, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100(suppl3):A9

External Responsibilities

  • Associate Editor Evidence Based Nursing (since 2020)
  • Editorial Board Journal of Paramedic Practice (From 2009-present)
  • Journal Reviewer for: Journal of Child Health Care, Acta Paediatrica,  British Journal of Cardiac Nursing,  British Journal of Healthcare Management, Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiology in the Young, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Nursing in Critical Care, Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing,  Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, Journal of Child Health Care, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Journal of Paramedic Practice
  • Representing Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association at the Children and Young People Model Review Oversight Board - Stakeholder Sub-Group, Advanced Clinical Practice  (since Dec 2019)
  • RCN Children & Young People Nurse Leaders’ Summit, representing the CCNA (December 2019)
  • Reviewer/Editor of RCN competency document 3rd Edition for Children’s Cardiac Nurses (2018-2020)
  • Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Research Development Working Group, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust (2015-present)
  • External Examiner for Liverpool John Moores University (2018-present)
  • West Midlands Regional HEI Advanced Clinical Practice Group (2016- present)
  • Specialist Advisor, Care Quality Commission (From 2014-2018)
  • Urgent, Acute and Emergency Care CEPIP for NHSE/HEE (2017)
  • Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) Herefordshire (2017)
  • Stakeholder, Congenital Cardiac Services Clinical Reference Group, NHS England (2014)
  • RCN Research in Child Health Group (From 2013)
  • Nurse representative for RCN, Congenital Cardiac Services Health Impact Assessment Steering Group, National Specialist Commissioning Group (2011)
  • Co-opted Council Member, Nurse Representative, British Congenital Cardiac Association (2008-2010)