Karolina Filipiak

Clinical Skills Tutor

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery , Health and wellbeing

Karolina is a qualified nurse with clinical experience in many areas of adult Nursing, gained during her professional career. She was promoted to a leadership nursing role (Band 6) and has been mentoring students on their placements.



Karolina previously graduated from the University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland, with a Master degree in Adult Nursing.

In 2008, Karolina started her career on a general medical ward. She moved to the UK in 2012 where she gained professional experience in a number of different nursing settings including a care home, acute care (Emergency Department) and a medical ward (gastroenterology). She was promoted to a Junior Sister role where her nursing responsibilities extended to leadership and management.

More recently, Karolina has been mentoring nursing students. She's passionate about supervising and contributing to their learning, and this was recognised by students when they nominated her for 'Mentor of The Year 2016' (Cambridge University Hospitals – Addenbrooke's Hospital).

Karolina's passion for teaching led her to look for further career opportunities in higher education, and she became a Clinical Skills Tutor here at ARU in May 2017.

Karolina has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

  • Simulation in the skills lab
  • Currently running her own teaching  project with 3rd year students who contribute to teach skills for the 1st years


  • Clinical Skills Tutor in Adult Nursing (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).
  • Academic Assessor (BSc Adult Nursing)
  • Link Tutor (Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Personal Tutor (BSc Adult Nursing)


  • Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Poznan University of Medical Sciences (2007)
  • Master Degree in Nursing, Poznan University of Medical Sciences (2009)
  • Mentorship, Anglia Ruskin University (2015)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Education (MSc level), Anglia Ruskin University (2018)
  • Educational Practice for Professional learning (MSc level), Anglia Ruskin University (2019)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Internally funded research: 

2019 - Evaluating the participation of final year student nurses teaching clinical skills to first year student nurses.

Selected recent publications

The article below was based on research I undertook for my Masters degree:
Filipiak, K. et.al. 2011. The assessment of patient's satisfaction with nursing care on the surgical and non-surgical units with the use of The Newcastle Satisfaction with Nursing Scale (NSNS). Przegl Lek.; 68(3):157-60.