Kate Oulton

Head shot of Kate Oulton. She has a short brown bob with a bulky fringe. She wears a dark blue jumper with and orange block around the neckline and shoulders

Dr Kate Oulton is a Senior Research Fellow and the Clinical Academic Programme Lead.

Kate first joined Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in 1997 as a newly qualified children’s nurse. Following some time out of clinical practice to gain some research experience and complete her PhD, Dr Oulton re-joined the Trust in 2004, taking up a research post.


Dr Oulton leads a programme of research focused on children and young people with neurodisability and those whose condition is rare or undiagnosed. Inclusion and equality underpin her work and she has a particular interest in using creative methods to engage families in the research process, particularly hard-to-reach groups.

As the Clinical Academic Programme Lead, Dr Oulton aims to enhance the research culture at GOSH to make the clinical academic career pathway a more attractive choice for nurses and allied health professionals, ultimately leading to better engagement and interest in research and increased research capacity and capability.


PhD, MA, BN (Hons), RN Child

Research Interests

  • Healthcare services and delivery
  • Family well-being and support
  • Patient experiences and outcomes
  • Pain and symptom management.
Dr Oulton is currently Chief Investigator on an NIHR funded national study to identify the barriers and facilitators to children and young people with learning disabilities and their families receiving equal access to high quality hospital care. She is supervising four PhD students.