With over ten years’ experience working in the Higher Education sector, Karan has extensive experience in developing and delivering bespoke courses, small and large lectures and seminars, both face-to-face and online, based on the latest research and evidence-based practice.
With over ten years’ experience of working in the Higher Education sector, Karan has extensive experience of developing and delivering bespoke courses, small and large lectures and seminars, both face-to-face and online, based on the latest research and evidence based practice. Her approach to education is to facilitate learning via experiential training techniques that work with people’s emotional intelligence – in other words, by reaching their hearts and minds. Karan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Her specialist teaching areas are:
- Equality and Diversity: Achieving Cultural competence in health and social care
- Person-centred dementia care
- Neurological impairment in dementia, and how to work with cognitive ability
- Arts and creativity in mental health and dementia care
- Evaluation of knowledge transfer into practice
- Qualitative research methods and Grounded Theory
As Dementia Lead for the University of Wolverhampton she is responsible for providing leadership for the development and delivery of dementia care curricula and research, promoting the development of a culturally competent healthcare workforce skilled in dementia care.
She has previously worked with three of the UKs leading and largest private domiciliary care organisations including, Sevacare, Care Mark and Kare Plus, to further enhance their existing dementia education programmes to develop a culturally competent and person-centred workforce – including international work in Kerala, India and Syracuse, New York. She has also developed and delivered bespoke education courses commissioned by local UK councils to meet local and regional needs for dementia care and has recently worked with the West Midlands police to deliver training as part of their diversity and inclusion agenda.
Testimonies from health and social care staff:
“This course was powerful and thought-provoking. It has made me think about the difference in person centred care approaches and how I can filter this out”
“I feel I now understand how to support and provide beneficial care for people at different stages of dementia and that there are people in power trying to ensure that care is accessible to people of every religion and culture without discrimination and stigma”
“This training course has been so valuable in teaching me a better understanding of dementia. I will be much more attentive and take much more notice and be a good advocate to anyone in my care as a care worker in the future”
“This course has taught me to never make assumptions about people because that they are from a particular culture and to really think about how, my own life history, has led to those assumptions”
“I have gone through dementia training before now but I am glad about this one because Karan has taught about dementia in a way that it brings out more emotion from me to do my very best to give more care to those I am giving my service to”
“I now have a deeper understanding of the complex care needs of people with dementia and how I can be culturally competent in my care by being person centred in my approach”
“I came to this training to find an answer and now, I am leaving this session with an answer and an amazing message – that I need to learn to practice patience. Karan has re-ignited in me what I had when I first went into care, she has reminded me why I do what I do. I feel re-motivated and confident to go back in and make a difference”
As an academic, Karan’s research interests in the challenge of dementia care, particularly within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities have spanned nearly a decade.
As an independent consultant, Karan supports policy makers, and health and social care service providers to potentially address and deliver superb outcomes for a hitherto neglected but growing part of the community.
Karan has published in an array of academic arenas, with her work featured in a number of books, journal articles and reports.