Kim is internationally recognised for integrating research and scholarly inquiry, practice development, facilitation of workplace learning, improvement and leadership development to achieve and sustain workplace cultures that are person centred, safe, effective and good places to work. As a key partner in establishing the International Practice Development Collaborative in the 1990’s she has continued to position practice development as relevant to all healthcare professions and a key partner to other improvement approaches, offering sustainability through collaboration, inclusion and participation.

Kim is committed to transformation that addresses whole systems integrated working, is passionate about helping staff to develop their potential and flourish, and for patients and service users to experience excellence. In 2000, she was awarded the CBE for quality patient services, in 2015, identified as one of the Nursing Times top 50 leaders and in 2018, and recognised as one of seventy nurses having most impact on the National Health Service (NHS) since its inception in the NHS 70 year celebrations.

She currently co-leads the development of the multi-professional consultant capability and impact framework for Health Education England, aligned to advanced practice and systems leadership. She has over 165 publications, six edited books and has examined many doctoral studies internationally.