Jo completed a biology and psychology degree at Exeter University before undertaking a PhD in London, focusing on the psychological impact of congenital heart disease and cardiac surgery for children and families. She subsequently completed an MSc in evidence-based healthcare at Oxford University and also undertook training in hypno-psychotherapy.
She worked for many years with paediatric transplant patients at Harefield Hospital, in both a clinical and research capacity. In 2001, when the paediatric transplant programme at Harefield merged with the programme at GOSH, she moved to GOSH but continued to work at both sites.
She now works across the Cardiorespiratory division at GOSH and leads on psychosocial research and patient reported outcomes and experiences. She is involved in multiple research projects both at GOSH and beyond. Key areas of research include quality of life, outcomes of congenital heart disease and surgery, children’s health state preferences, transition and the use of qualitative methods to elicit child and family experiences of illness and treatment.
Jo is the allied health representative on the council of the International Pediatric Transplant Association and she regularly presents at national and international meetings. She has also published widely on aspects of quality of life and psychological issues associated with heart disease.
- quality of life in children with chronic health conditions
- experiences and outcomes associated with cardiorespiratory conditions and their treatment
- supporting nursing and allied health research