She has had a passion for disseminating palliative care knowledge within generalist settings. During her career she set up two hospital-based palliative care teams (St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and Western General Hospital, Edinburgh). Since 2000, and as a result of her PhD, Jo has worked exclusively in research and quality improvement initiatives involving the development of palliative care in care homes.
In 2008, she set up a Care Home Project Team to reach out to over 100 care homes within which some innovative research projects were undertaken. Jo has published widely both on the strategic development of palliative care in a number of settings. She was awarded an OBE in 2013.
Jo is currently working at the University of Edinburgh leading the work to establish a teaching/research-based care centre for excellence and community engagement in the City of Edinburgh.