Jo initially trained as a nurse in 1983 and worked clinically in primary care and public health for ten years. She has held a variety of leadership posts that support research capacity building in health and social care that enable individuals, teams, and organisations to undertake and use applied research. This includes the Associate Directorship for 'Research in Practice', aimed to develop evidence-based practice in social care, and the Directorships of Trent Research & Development Support Unit, and the Research Design Service based in ScHARR, University of Sheffield. She has over 40 peer reviewed publications, and has authored a number of action packs/tools that address the research-practice divide. She is leading on measuring impact in CLAHRC YH, and supports the development of research capacity in Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals in the teaching workforce at Sheffield Hallam University.
Jo has worked with international collaborations in Australia, Canada, and Finland in research capacity development, and has also provided capacity advice to national NIHR networks, NHS England and Scottish Health Boards. She is the Y&H regional Clinical Lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Public Health and Health Service and Development Research (HS&DR).
Jo’s research interests include research capacity building, public health research across the lifespan, and the evaluation of interventions at the health and social care interface. She has been a standing member to a National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) committee for over ten years.
Jo is a visiting Professor of Health and Social care Research, Sheffield Hallam University.
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