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Joanna Harrison

Research Fellow Evidence Synthesis and Summary

Joanna is a Research Fellow within the Health Technology Assessment Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Joanna is also engaged with the IMPLementation and Capacity Building Team (IMPaCT) and the NIHR ARC NWC MIDAS Theme (Methodological Innovation, Development, Adaptation and Support). Joanna's current expertise is facilitating the conduct of systematic reviews. Her experience within this field includes Cochrane, HTA and NIHR funded systematic reviews. Joanna also has previous experience within research management and stroke research.

Joanna facilitates the process and conduct of NIHR ARC NWC systematic reviews. Working within both the HTA and IMPaCT team, Joanna provides support and guidance to fellow researchers working on a varied programme of NIHR ARC NWC systematic reviews. Within her current role, Joanna has also lead a programme of producing and publishing Rapid Clinical Evidence Summaries (RaCES) in collaboration with healthcare professionals from partner Trusts. Joanna also teaches the practicalities of systematic review and critical appraisal on the Principles and Methods of Systematic Review module. Joanna is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Joanna started her research career in 2003 as a Research Assistant on various stroke research projects, developing a particular expertise in qualitative research. Further research roles and responsibilities followed, including the administration of a Cochrane systematic review and Health Technology Assessment. This experience resulted in further reviewing work on NIHR funded projects and an interest in acquiring the skills required for successful reviewing. During her research career, Joanna also developed skills in writing for publication, presenting, teaching and training, peer-review (reviewer for ‘Health Expectations’) and ethical review (three years membership of the University STEMH ethics panel). In 2014, Joanna started the role of Research Capacity Delivery Manager for the NIHR CLAHRC NWC. Her responsibilities included the delivery and management of capacity building initiatives such as research internship schemes and research fellowships (PhDs, MScs, NIHR Research Training Awards). Joanna was also the NIHR Training Lead for the North West Coast, promoting the Integrated Clinical Academic Programme to partner organisations and assisting with training applications.