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Jo Weldon

Research Associate
School of Nursing

Jo is an early career researcher with particular experience of systematic review conduct and methodology. Her background is in public health, health services research, evidence synthesis and knowledge translation.

Jo is currently involved in a mixed methods synthesis of evidence on implementing social prescribing projects within healthcare (and how key lessons might be applied to social care) for the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (NIHR ARC NWC). Jo is also completing delivery of two NIHR feasibility studies (DECISIONS; IMPROVISE), working with multidisciplinary nursing teams in the UK and India.

Jo provides research support to a variety of other projects within the University of Central Lancashire’s Stroke Research Team, and is particularly interested in knowledge translation and dissemination of public health messages, and co-producing research with patients, other consumers or communities. Jo's other roles include reviewing submissions for UCLan’s Health Ethics Committee and assisting with teaching on the Principles and Methods of Systematic Review (NU4094) Masters module.

Prior to joining UCLan, Jo spent 8 years as a Research Coordinator for Cochrane Oral Health, based at The University of Manchester. During this time, she undertook a Masters in Public Health and was engaged in the production of priority systematic reviews at the editorial base, and dissemination of the resulting evidence. While there, she was also seconded to Public Health England for a period to support their update of national preventive care guidelines. Jo came to health services research via a circuitous route initially focused upon journalism and editorial work, which equipped her with the skills in writing, editing and publishing to express complex ideas in plain language for the general public. Her earlier roles provided Jo with significant experience in print- and web-based publishing and marketing for institutional, charitable, community and commercial organisations.