After a first degree in Sociology and Social Administration (1980), Jane worked in public sector finance, management and teaching until turning to research in 1991 when she first joined SPRU. She investigated the role of community nurses, support for children with chronic illness and their involvement in service development before taking up a voluntary sector management post in 2002. In 2004 she moved back into research, for a research company and then freelance. This work also included service evaluation and training in health, social care and voluntary organisations. In 2016 Jane returned to SPRU to take up her current post.
BA (Hons), Newcastle University
Current / recently completed research
Workplace Personal Assistants: exploring the role of workplace personal assistants for physically disabled peopleJanuary 2016 - September 2017
An exploration of the role of workplace personal assistants and their relationships with disabled people and colleagues.
A systematic scoping review of research prioritisation exercises relevant to children and young people with life-limiting conditionsJanuary 2017 - September 2017
This review is part of the early priority-setting work by the Martin House Research Centre. The results will contribute to the Centre’s decisions regarding the focus of its work.
The PEDRO study: partnerships between deaf people and hearing dogsOctober 2016 - March 2020
The PEDRO study is evaluating and exploring hearing dog partnerships. The aim of the study is to understand the impacts and experiences of these partnerships, and their place within wider support and provision for deaf people and people with hearing loss.
The THINC project: therapy interventions for children with neurodisability - a scoping study of current practice and perceived research needsMay 2016 - February 2017
This scoping study will be used to inform future research into physical, occupational and speech and language therapy support used by children with neurodisabilities.
The role of different diets in children who are gastrostomy fed (the Your Tube study)
October 2018 - March 2022
What are the risks, benefits and resource implications for using home-blended food for children with gastrostomy tubes compared to currently recommended formula feeds?