Professor Jo Cooke Deputy Director and Capacity Lead NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber
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.


Recent Key Publications
  1. Cooke J, Bray K, Sriram, VMapping Research Capacity in the CLAHRC community. Supporting non-medical professionals. Report for the National CLAHRC Directors forum. May 2016. https://issuu.com/clahrcgm/docs/nihr_capacity_building_-_full_report
  2. Cooke J, Ariss S, Smith C, Read J, On-going collaborative priority-setting for research activity: a method of capacity building to reduce the research-practice translational gap. BMC Health Research Policy and Systems. 13:25  doi:10.1186/s12961-015-0014-
  3. Strong, M, Green A, Goyder E, Lee A, Miles G, Basran G, and Cooke JOver-diagnosis and overuse of inhaled corticosteroids in COPD: a cross sectional study in Rotherham UK.  Primary Care Respiratory Journal 23(1) 67-73. 2014
  4.  Tod A; Cooke J, Homer C; Abbott J; Stocks A, McDaid, K. Barriers to Keeping Warm in Later Life. Nursing Older People. 25 (10) 22-29. 2013
  5.  Gerrish, K and Cooke, J. Factors influencing the development of evidence-based practice among community health care nurses. Journal of Community Nursing 2013
  6.  Hayter M, Owen J. & Cooke J. Developing and establishing school based sexual health services: issues for school nursing practice. Journal of School Nursing 2012 28(6):433-41
  7.  Carroll C, Lloyd-Jones M, Cooke J, Owen J. Reasons for the use and non-use of school sexual health services: A systematic review of young people’s views, Journal of Public Health 2012; 34(3): 403-10
  8.  Tod A,, Lusambili A, Homer C, Abbott J, Cooke J ,McDaid K Understanding factors influencing vulnerable older people keeping warm and well in winter: a qualitative study using social marketing techniques. BMJ open 2012  2(4) http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/4/e000922.full.pdf+html
  9.  Jones R,,  Everson-Hock E. S., Papaioannou D, Guillaume L, Goyder E, Chilcott J,  Cooke J, Payne  N, Duenas A., Sheppard L. M.  and Swann C. Factors associated with outcomes for looked-after children and young people: a correlates review of the literature. Child health care and development. 2011; 37(5):613-22
  10.  E. S. Everson-Hock, R. Jones, L. Guillaume. J. Clapton, A. Duenas, E. Goyder, J. Chilcott, J. Cooke, N. Payne, L. M. Sheppard, C. SwannSupporting the transition of looked-after young people to independent living: a systematic review of interventions and adult outcomes Child: Care, Health and Development  2011.  37 ( 6,)  767-779