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Karen Tollman

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Professional Services


Karen Tollman is Strategic Partnership Manager for the Healthcare Sector. Karen works within the Partnerships, Local Engagement and Commercial Services (PLECS).

PLECS was formed in 2017 as a new professional services department at the University, focusing on:

  • Developing and enhancing partnerships with employers (business, government, not-for-profit) to facilitate engagement with the breadth of the University’s capability, from graduate talent through to research.
  • Supporting local economic engagement and partnership with key stakeholders in Nottingham, D2N2 and the wider Midlands.
  • Development of commercial services for external organisations, building on the University’s academic expertise and facilities.

PLECS is a professional services department focused on developing and supporting external partnerships and relationships. PLECS work with a range of employers to facilitate engagement with the University: Business – large and small, Government, Local Authorities, other public sector and not for profit organisations.

Career overview

Karen joined NTU in June 2017 bringing her healthcare experience, gained from a number of NHS roles, to develop partnerships with Healthcare organisations across the University.

Between 2003 and 2017 Karen held roles in organisations ranging from Programme Management Support at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust supporting the delivery of IT Projects across the Trust, to Workstream Lead in Commissioning at East Midlands Strategic Health Authority managing the implementation of national contracts and leading on projects to implement initiatives such as regional Commissioning for Quality Improvement Indicators (CQUINS) and piloting Quality Accounts for Primary Care.

Karen’s most recent role was as a Quality Manager at Health Education East Midlands, managing the quality of education and training for Medical and Clinical learners in the East Midlands.  Karen also lead the implementation of the regional implementation of the General Medical Council’s Recognition of Trainers project across the East Midlands across 4000 Educational and Clinical Supervisors.

Karen is a practitioner in Managing Successful Programmes and PRINCE2.