Jo soon developed an interest in leadership and specimen dissection, completing an MSc and Postgraduate Certificate in Managing in Health and Social Care. In 2009, Jo gained a national IBMS/RCPath qualification in simple specimen dissection, whilst continuing to develop her practice in complex and expert dissection, and in 2012 Jo was one of the first cohort to begin training in the RCPath/IBMS gastrointestinal histopathology reporting pilot programme. In 2015, Jo was awarded a Professional Doctorate in Health Science from University of Portsmouth, and in 2016 became one of the first people to successfully complete the reporting programme. Jo was appointed as Consultant Healthcare Scientist in 2020 and continues to work part time in Southampton as part of the Cellular Pathology Team.
Jo also manages the education needs for Cellular Pathology and is Trust Lead Healthcare Scientist which allows her to learn about, work with, and support colleagues from a variety of healthcare science specialisms. She also works strategically at local, regional, and national level, sitting on national conjoint boards managing and developing histopathology qualifications. Jo was a member of IBMS Council between 2019 and 2021.
Jo is passionate about Healthcare Science, and actively uses media to engage, inform and promote the profession. She also provides educational support, advice and mentoring support to colleagues and peers, as well as advising and speaking about histopathology dissection, reporting and workforce planning, plus wellbeing and inclusivity issues.
At the School, Jo has oversight of the Scientist Training Programme, and supports healthcare science training within the Midlands. Jo is passionate about working at a strategic level to help create and improve training and developmental opportunities in healthcare science for everyone, as well as supporting scientists in training across England.