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Dr Joanna Hope PhD, MSc Social Research, BSc Psychology

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Jo has been a Research Fellow in Health Sciences at the University of Southampton since 2016. Her main research interests are ways care and health information could be made more person-centred and the role of digital technologies in health. She is committed to making research more inclusive and is an experienced mixed-methods researcher. Her work at the University has included exploring why nurses carry out fewer vital sign observations at night and how patient care can be made more person-centred in acute hospitals.

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

Jo received her PhD from the University of Surrey in 2015. This looked at the role of online support and information for parents of people with a rare syndrome. She has worked on research at the Digital World Research Centre and taught qualitative research courses at the Day Courses in Social Research (both University of Surrey). Prior to her PhD she worked as an Evaluation Consultant with the NHS and local government, and a Research and Evaluation Manager with health promotion projects across the south east of England. She has a background of working in mental health and learning disability services in the NHS and in and for the voluntary sector.

Jo is actively involved in supporting public engagement with and involvement in research. She has presented and written about how to make research more inclusive. She is passionate about teaching research methods to a wide spectrum of people, including healthcare staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students and members of the public.

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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.

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Co-Module Lead for Analysing Complexity: Combining research methods to design and evaluate innovation in Health Services’ (HMPR3004)

Co-supervises a PhD student and an undergraduate student.

Dr Joanna Hope
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