Dr. Jo Gibson

Senior Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow (Qualitative Methods)

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB425

+44 (0) 1772 89 5144


Jo's research interests include primary and secondary stroke prevention, patient decision-making, and qualitative methods. Prior to joining UCLan, she worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of medical and surgical nursing posts, reaching the position of Nurse Consultant. She is currently seconded as a Senior Research Fellow (Qualitative Methods) to the North West Coast CLAHRC, providing methodological advice and support for a diverse portfolio of projects related to reducing health inequalities.

Jo is a member of the Clinical Practice Research Unit and is research active in NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health and Care - North West Coast.


Jo is a clinician-scientist with senior experience in clinical nursing, expertise in qualitative and mixed methods health research, and experience and skills in research supervision, teaching, and professional and practice development.

Clinical expertise: medical and surgical nursing with 18 years’ full-time NHS experience, nurse consultant expertise in vascular medicine and surgery, and a track record of innovation and leadership in the specialty.

Research expertise: programmatic applied health research utilising integrative review, mixed methods and qualitative approaches (including grounded theory, phenomenology, Delphi methodology, documentary analysis, focus groups, interviews) in primary and secondary stroke prevention, TIA, prehospital and emergency stroke care, stroke rehabilitation, education and practice development.

Teaching expertise: stroke, clinical practice development, research methods, postgraduate research supervision.

Jo jointly published an article on The Conversation in May 2020 entitled ‘98% of emergency calls for strokes are made by someone else – so what if you’re alone in lockdown?


  • 1989 BSc (Hons) Biochemistry), Class 2i, University of Liverpool
  • 1990 Registered General Nurse NMC Register no. 85Y1492E. Prizewinning final year dissertation work ( Nursing Times competition, 1990).
  • 1995 MSc Nursing, University of Liverpool
  • 2007 PhD, University of Central Lancashire (Nursing)
  • 1991 ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice.
  • 1992 Level II Certificate in Counselling Skills.
  • 2004 Certificate in Extended and Supplementary Prescribing, Liverpool John
    Moores University

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Member of Royal College of Nursing
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member, UK Stroke Research Network Clinical Studies Group (Acute Care)
  • Member, National Stroke Nursing Forum
  • Past President, Society of Vascular Nurses

Research Activities


Senior Research Fellow (Qualitative Methods) for National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health and Care - North West Coast (NIHR CLAHRC - NWC) - secondment from 2014-2017.


  • ICARE - Improving Cardiac Arrest Response and Effectiveness (funder: Department of Health)
  • AF Screening in Primary Care (Funder: North West Coast Academic Health Science Network)
  • Clinical Academic Research Internship Scheme (Funder: Health Education North West)
  • Stroke Education and Training Review (Funder: The Stroke Association)
  • MAPS - Medication Adherence Post-Stroke (Funder: General Nursing Council Trust for England and Wales)
  • Medication Adherence Review (Funder: UCLan Undergraduate Internship Scheme)
  • ASTUTE - Acute Stroke Telemedicine: Utility, Training and Evaluation (Funder: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit)
  • ESCORTT - Emergency Stroke Calls: Obtaining Rapid Telephone Triage (Funder: NIHR Programme Grant)
  • ICONS - Identifying Continence OptioNs after Stroke (Funder: NIHR Programme Grant)


Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Lead for clinical academic internship programme
  • Module leader for level 7 stroke module
  • Delivery of level 6 and 7 MSc Stroke Care modules, level 7 research methods modules, Student
  • Initiated Modules (level 4 and level 7), MSc dissertation module, preregistration teaching of stroke nursing, medical student SSM in stroke, stroke leadership programme, online courses on stroke.


Research supervision: Three current MPhil/PhD students (Laura-Jane Gleave, Lea Weitzel, Alison Doherty). Successful completion: Stephanie Jones (2013).



Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gibson JME , Watkins CL (2011) People’s experiences of the impact of transient ischaemic attack and its consequences: qualitative study. J Adv Nurs October 21 (epub).

Gibson JM, Watkins CL. (2011) The use of formal and informal knowledge sources in patients' treatment decisions in secondary stroke prevention: qualitative study. Health Expect. Sep 8.

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