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Academic Biography

Jo has been working as a Registered Dietitian within the NHS for over 26 years after qualifying in 1997 from Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University). Jo has a specialist interest in food insecurity, obesity, health inequalities, dietary intakes and the eating behaviour of people with mental health conditions.

In 2008, Jo gained a master’s degree in Evidence Based Practice from Teesside University.  Her thesis was entitled “The Body Mass Index and Dietary Intakes of Adults with Learning Disabilities Detained on Secure Units”. 

Since 2009, Jo has been an active member of the Mental Health Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association, including acting as Chair of the group. She has been involved in numerous national projects. In 2018,  Jo was one of the lead authors of “A Weight off Your Mind” (AWoYM) which is a regional plan to support individuals accessing secondary mental health and LD services to manage their weight successfully. In 2019, she was honoured to be awarded the Public Health Champion Award at the NHS England Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Awards July 2019 for her work in the field of obesity and mental health.

In 2020, Jo commenced a two-year secondment to the role of Consultant Allied Health Professional (Clinical Academic).  The post involved working across Teesside University; Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust; and the NIHR Clinical Research Network for the North East and North Cumbria.   Due to the success of this secondment, Jo was offered a permament role as a Clinical Academic Dietitian in early 2022, working jointly across her NHS Trust and Teesside University.  

Jo is the NIHR AHP Research Champion for the North East and North Cumbria.

Jo commenced her PhD in Nutrition at Teesside University in December 2021, studying part time for up to six years. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MSc Evidence Based Practice, Teesside University

1 Oct 200530 Jun 2008

Award Date: 30 Jun 2008

Bachelor, BSc (hons) Dietetics, Leeds Metropolitan University

1 Oct 199330 Jun 1998

Award Date: 30 Jun 1997

PhD, Nutrition, Teesside University

6 Dec 2021 → …

External positions

Consultant Dietitian (Clinical Academic) , Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

1 Jan 2020 → …

Project Manager for the Implementation of “A Weight off Your Mind”, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

1 Jun 201631 Dec 2019

External Clinical Advisor, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

1 Sept 201331 Oct 2016

Professional Head of Dietetic Services, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

1 May 201031 Dec 2019

Clinical Lead Dietitian, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

1 Jul 200830 Apr 2010

Specialist Dietitian for Forensics and CYPS Eating Disorders, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

1 Feb 200830 Jun 2008

Specialist Dietitian for Forensic Learning Disabilities, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland Community Services

1 Mar 200331 Jan 2008

Senior Dietitian for Mental Health, Redcar and Cleveland Primary Care Trust

1 Apr 199831 Jan 2002

Basic Grade Dietitian (Rotation), Sunderland Royal Hospital

1 Jul 199731 Mar 1998


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