Jo has worked in the NHS for over 20 years and throughout her clinical career has always been drawn to education, training and supporting new roles and initiatives. She is passionate about widening participation and workforce development. Having initially trained in Leeds she moved into the NHS working within Acute Stroke Services and elderly care, before moving to working within intermediate care in a nurse led unit. With the integration of health and social care services, Jo worked to integrate Leeds Community Healthcare Services and Leeds City Council services to improve the patient journey by developing registered nurse roles alongside social care roles.
More recently Jo has taken up the role of Assistant Chief Nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a portfolio of workforce and quality. She feels incredibly lucky to have been the lead for the trust in bringing the new nursing associate (NA) role into the workforce.
Jo also leads on the Safer Staffing agenda and has just gained a place on the CNO safe staffing faculty programme commencing December 2019. She plans to use this opportunity to examine the deployment of new roles into establishment setting and evidence-based tools (Safer Nursing Care Tool and Care Hour per Patient Day) as well as focusing on the impact of patient outcomes.