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Dr Joanna Hope PG Cert, FHEA, PhD, MSc Social Research, BSc Psychology


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Joanna Hope is a Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, where she has worked since 2016. She is a mixed methods researcher with a background in sociology and psychology. Prior to her PhD Joanna worked in the NHS and voluntary sector in learning disability, evaluation and mental health roles. Joanna's key research interests are the care provided by nursing teams in hospitals and the role of digital technologies in health work. She has a particular interest in the care of people with learning disabilities and dementia and increasing inclusion in research. Joanna is the Learning Disability Theme Lead for the nursing programmes. She also leads and contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate modules with a focus on person-centred care, inequalities and omissions in fundamental care and research methods.

By finding ways for care to become more person-centred we can improve health outcomes and patient experience

Joanna's publications explore inequalities and omissions in hospital care, improving inclusion in research and the social context of digital health work.

Joanna completed her ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Surrey in 2015. This explored the role of online support and information among parents of people with Rett syndrome.

Research interests

PhD supervision:

Lisa Ledger (2016-) An exploration into patients' perceptions of their pressure ulcer risk and factors affecting adherence to prevention strategies in the community. Supervisors: Lisette Schoonhoven, Peter Worsley, Joanna Hope.

Research group

Health Workforce & Systems

Research theme

Health Work

Other research projects

INVOLVing pEople with cognitive impaiRment in decisions about their hospital nursing care (INVOLVER): a pilot study

Study to Investigate Best Timing of Patient Monitoring

Research project(s)

Study of the knowledge, beliefs and behaviours of hospital staff involved in patient monitoring to identify factors affecting performance of scheduled night time observations

Improving Fundamental Care on Hospital Wards

This is a feasibility study for an intervention aiming to make fundamental care in acute hospitals more person-centred. It pairs the Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC) intervention with an adapted, co-produced version of the ‘TellUs’ card to support personalisation of fundamental care in hospital.

Safer and more efficient vital signs monitoring to identify the deteriorating patient: An observational study towards deriving evidence-based protocols for patient surveillance on the general hospital ward

Taking measurements of heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and other vital signs is an important part of care for nearly all patients in hospital but we still need to find out how often we should monitor patients.

  • Learning Disability Theme Lead on nursing programmes
  • British Sociological Association's Medical Sociology Group Committee Member
  • Co-convener BSA MedSoc South Coast Study Group


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  • Learning Disability Theme Lead in nursing programmes
  • Person-centred Nursing Care (NPCG1026) Module co-lead
  • Person-centred Nursing Care (NPCG6001) Module co-lead
  • Planning Clinical & Health Research (HLTH6221) Module Lead
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