Jo Cooke BNurse (Manchester), RGN, RHV, NDN, MA Sheffield

Jo Cooke

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
11 Broomfield Road
S10 2SE

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I initially trained as a nurse at the University of Manchester, and held a variety of clinical nursing posts in primary care. I was the lead research nurse for Community Health Sheffield in the mid 1990s and became a research fellow at ScHARR (School for Health and Related Research), University of Sheffield during this time. Subsequently I held the position as Associate Director for 'Research in Practice' (an Association of Directors for Social Services initiative aimed to develop evidence-based practice in social care working with children and families), based at the department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield between 1998 and 2001. I was the Director of Trent Research & Development Support Unit, and the Research Design Service based in ScHARR. This was an NIHR initiative aimed to support research capacity development in health, and health related social care.

I am currently Programme Manager within the CLAHRC SY. My role is to support the theme leads and theme project managers in meeting their work plans and objectives. I promote the cohesion and integrity of CLAHRC through encouraging and enabling work and joint learning across and between themes, including the development of joint projects and principles, and incorporating Public and Patient Involvement and capacity building. I also support and oversee the internal evaluation of CLAHRC SY, and CLAHRC´s commitment to research capacity development with our partner organisations. Alongside the Director, I am involved in promoting and planning for the long-term sustainability of collaboration´s activities through horizon scanning for opportunities, and supporting and developing further research and innovation funds.

Research Interests

  • Research capacity development
  • PPI
  • Health Inequalities
  • Older Age
  • Organisational and individual development in relation to evidence-based practice
  • Evaluation

Professional Activities

Member of the Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee at NICE

Current Projects

  • Collaboration and Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire NIHR. £20 mil
  • 2009. Keeping warm at home in later life: a study to develop social marketing interventions that promote engagement of older people in keeping warm behaviour and access to anti-fuel poverty services. Research for Patient Benefit. £240,872
  • 2008. Building Knowledge Translation Research in Rural British Columbia: A Collaborative Process Between Health Authorities. British Columbia Rural and Remote Health Research Network (BCRRHRN) $6000

Key Publications since 2008

Hayter M, Owen J, Cooke J.  Developing and establishing school based sexual health services: issues for school nursing practice  Journal of School Nursing. (In press)

Tod A, Lusambili A, Homer C, Abbott J, Cooke J, McDaid K.  Understanding factors influencing vulnerable older people keeping warm and well in winter: a qualitative study using social marketing techniques.  BMJ open 2012 2 (4) 

Jones R, Everson-Hock ES, Papaioannou D, Guillaume L, Goyder E, Chilcott J, Cooke J, Payne N, Duenas A, Sheppard L M and Swann C. Factors Associated with outcomes for looked-after children and young people: a correlates review of the literature.  Child health care and development. 24 March 2011. DOI: 10.1111/J.1365-2214.2011.01226.

Everson-Hock E S, Jones R, Guillaume L, Clapton J, Duenas A, Goyder E, Chilcott J, Cooke J, Payne N, Sheppard L M, Swann C.  Supporthing the transition of looked-after young people to independent living: a systematic review of interventions and adult outcomes.  Child: Care, Health and Development. (2011) 27 (6), 767-779.

Lusambili A, Tod A, Homer C, Abbott J, Cooke J.  Keeping Warm: Social Connectedness and Technology International.  Journal of Health, Wellness and Society  1(3) (2010) 

Jones G L, Morrell C J, Cooke J, Speier D, Anumba D, Stewart-Brown S.  The development of two postnatal health instruments: one for mothers (M-PHI) and one for fathers (F-PHI) to measure health during the first year of parenting.  Quality of Life Research. 20,1011-1022 (2011)

Owen J, Carroll C, Cooke J, Formby E, Hayter M, Hirst J, Lloyd Jones M, Stapleton H, Stevenson M and Sutton A. School-linked sexual health services for young people (SSHYP): a survey and systematic review concerning current models, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and research opportunities. Health Technology Assessment Monograph. 2010. 14(30):1–256

Chambers E, Clarke A, Cooke J. Patient and Public Involvement in Research in the Community. Journal of Community Nursing 2009 Jul; 23(7): 10-14.

Sarre G, and Cooke J. Developing indicators for measuring Research Capacity Development in primary care organisations: A consensus approach using a Nominal Group Technique. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2009 17(3) 244-253

Cooke J, Nancarrow S, Dyas J, Williams M. An evaluation of the `Designated Research Team´ approach to building research capacity in primary care. BMC Family Practice 2008 9:37

Cooke J, Bacigalupo B, Halladay L, Norwood H. Research use and support needs, and research activity in social care: a cross sectional survey in two councils with social services responsibilities in the UK. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2008 16(5) 538-547

Pickstone C, Nancarrow S, Cooke J, Vernon W, Mountain G, Boyce A, Campbell J. Building research capacity in the allied health professions. Evidence and Policy. 2008 4(1) 75-91.