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