Karen Ford joined OVG in 2002. She has a joint role as a senior research nurse/practice educator and an immunisation advisor for VACCSline; an immunisation advice service for health professionals which is run jointly with the Thames Valley Health Protection Unit. In 1996 she completed her paediatric nursing training and bachelor of nursing degree at Southampton University. She completed her Master’s in Public Health at Oxford Brookes University in 2006. Before joining OVG she worked within acute paediatrics and neonates for 6 years in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.