Dr Jill Thompson

PhD, MA, BSc (hons)

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School


+44 114 222 2075

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Dr Jill Thompson
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
S10 2HQ

I first joined the University in 2005 as an Honorary Research Associate in Public Health, ScHARR working on research exploring Public Involvement in Health. Here I completed my PhD (2006-2010), which was an exploration of public involvement in cancer research. Since then I have worked as a Research Associate in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies theme in ScHARR and a Research Fellow in Public Health. 

I joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery in January 2014 as a lecturer.

Research interests

I am a qualitative researcher and my research interests centre on working with vulnerable groups to explore ways in which they are enabled to actively participate in their health/health systems.
Previous projects that I have been involved in include:

  • Exploring researcher’s attitudes to PPI in health research;
  • Exploring the use of a home vital signs monitoring system for patients with COPD;
  • Exploring the impact of community based peer support on promoting health literacy’ (COPES);
  • Exploring health/nutritional literacy amongst bereaved men.

Current projects

Mixed-Realities Play Kit to Prepare Children Aged 4-10 for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Jan 2019 - Aug 2020. Led by Leeds based company Dubit, the project brings together expertise from the University of Sheffield, the Royal College of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The project will produce an innovative digital kit for preparing children aged 4-10 years of age to undertake an MRI. The Mixed Reality play kit will be suitable for use in the home and in the hospital setting and will include cutting edge augmented and virtual reality play opportunities which will guide children, and their parents/s, through the entirety of the patient journey.

Hidden Voices: Exploring the impact of migration on children’s perspectives of health (World University Funded Project). 

Assessment and Satisfaction of services for Juvenile Huntington’s Disease.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

Research group

I am interested in supervising students in my research areas and would welcome students contacting me.

Current PhD students

  • Bethany Taylor

  • Eleni Chambers

Teaching interests

I am Deputy Programme lead for the BMedSci Health and Human Sciences degree. On this degree I teach units in health promotion, sociological approaches to health and research methods.