Karen Cradock has worked extensively in both cardiac and medical rehabilitation in Ireland, England, New Zealand and Australia for almost twenty years.She completed a research masters in 2006 examining the role of exercise in patients with heart failure and was a pioneer in setting up heart failure rehabilitation services in heart failure in Ireland. She is currently Therapy Lead on the National Heart Failure Clinical Programme with the Health Service Executive where she continues to promote the role of Physiotherapy in the care of patients with heart failure.
She worked in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin for thirteen years until November 2014 before concentrating on developing Heart 2 Heart Cardiac Physiotherapy. She now runs clinics in Mount Merrion Community Centre and UCD Sport, Belfield in Dublin as well as Killashee Leisure Centre in Naas and Kilcullen Business Campus in Kildare. She also tutors the physiotherapy undergraduates in University College Dublin.
Karen chaired a subgroup from the Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation that explored phase IV cardiac rehabilitation in Ireland and the training needs. She worked with a group of 12 specialists from throughout the country to identify an appropriate training course. She is now tutor for the BACPR working with colleagues from the UK delivering training programmes.
As President of the Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation she continues to promote cardiac rehabilitation nationally.In July 2015, Karen was awarded Specialist Membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in Ireland in recognition of her work in cardiac rehabilitation.