Katie graduated as a registered Children’s Nurse from Kings College, London in 1998. Her nurse training was consolidated by gaining 6 years of sound general surgical and medical paediatric nursing experience at Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust delivering care to both acutely and chronically unwell children, young people & their families. The greatest challenge (and reward) followed in her capacity as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Pain Control Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she spent four years fulfilling this specialist nursing role and developing her expertise and passion for healthcare education and delivery of care to children and young people with complex health care needs and disabilities. Following this specialist role she returned to Kings College, London in 2008; a decade from qualifying as a children’s nurse, and this time to commence a new and exciting career trajectory as a Nursing Lecturer.  A decision she has not regretted as she returned to her “roots” of Norwich, Norfolk in 2011 to further develop her professional role as a Child Health Nursing Lecturer at The UEA. Katie is delighted to lead on and take forward the workforce education and development of those that deliver healthcare to children and young people in her role as Course Director for the Children’s Nursing BSc Programme at The School of Health Sciences.

All Publications

McGhee, K.


Diabetes and air travel: Ensuring security, promoting dignity,

in Nursing Children and Young People



pp. 13

Full Text



McGhee, K.


Diabetes and air travel: Ensuring security, promoting dignity,

Full Text UEA Repository



Hunt, K. A., Franck, L. S.


Special needs require special attention: A pilot project implementing the paediatric pain profile for children with profound neurological impairment in an in-patient setting following surgery,

in Journal of Child Health Care



pp. 210-220

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

Her research interest focuses upon knowledge transfer and service improvement by the implementation of research evidence for positive health outcomes. Her areas of expertise include a lifecourse approach to the care management needs of children and young people living with complex long term conditions and disabilities.  A specific area of interest and activity are the travel care needs of people with Type 1 Diabetes.

Teaching Interests

Course Director of the BSc Children's Nursing Programme with a special interest in assuring that the lifecourse approach to care delivery is represented in core components of healthcare programmes e.g the importance of health promotion in childhood and adolescence to maximise positive health outcomes into adulthood.


Module 3 – Health and Wellbeing (Facilitator)
Module 6 – Preparation for Future Practice (Child Lead)


Paediatric Clinical Assessment Skills (PCAS) (Faciliatator)

CAMHS (online module development in partnership with the mental health academic team)

Special Interest & Expertise

Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Paediatric Pain Management

Meeting the Needs of Children and Young People with Complex Needs and Disabilities

Leadership of Change in Healthcare

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • England Representative Committee Member for the Children and Young People’s Nursing Academics [CYPNAUK]. A forum for ChYP academics to lobby, empower and influence CYP nursing.
  • Enterprise activity related to the education and training needs of UK airport security staff when delivering a service to people with Type 1 Diabetes with insulin therapy pumps.