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Dr Joanne Atkinson

Head of Department

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Joanne graduated from Durham University with a BA (Hons) and has also an MSc and Professional Doctorate from Northumbria University she has a wealth of external experience in multi-professional health and social care workforce development.

Joanne is internationally recognised as an expert in workforce development, and is part of the European Centre for Excellence for Research in Continuing Professional Development and a member of the research steering group. She is an expert in palliative care and end of life care, following a career in this sphere of practice she continues to work across these disciplines at a regional and national level. She is regularly invited to contribute to conferences and events across the NHS and third sector, specifically hospice settings. Her research in this area is varied, collaborative and interdisciplinary. Her doctoral studies are in end of life care and she is building on her reputation in this area through consultancy and research.

Joanne has been in leadership roles within the Faculty since 2010. She is also a Trustee for a national cancer charity called mynewhair, leading the charity from a small scale not for profit organisation into an international registered charity. Joanne is recognised as an expert in chemotherapy induced hair loss and regularly invited to speak internationally.



Joanne Atkinson

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 'For Want of a Nail’: Developing a Transparent Approach to Retroduction and Early Initial Programme Theory Development in a Realist Evaluation of Community End of Life Care Services, McEwan, K., Girling, M., Bate, A., Atkinson, J., Clarke, A., Dalkin, S. 12 Mar 2023, In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • Why patients in specialist palliative care in-patient settings are at high risk of falls and falls-related harm: A realist synthesis, Louise Forrow, H., Lhussier, M., Scott, J., Atkinson, J. 1 Dec 2022, In: Palliative Medicine
  • An Integrative Review Exploring Psycho-Social Impacts and Therapeutic Interventions for Parent Caregivers of Young People Living with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, Porteous, D., Davies, B., English, C., Atkinson, J. 11 Mar 2021, In: Children
  • Namaste Care in the home setting: Developing initial realist explanatory theories and uncovering unintended outcomes., Dalkin, S., Lhussier, M., Kendall, N., Atkinson, J., Tolman, S. 22 Jan 2020, In: BMJ Open
  • End of life care provision : the influence of broader discursive formations, Atkinson, J., Lhussier, M., Carr, S. 1 Apr 2016, 11th Palliative Care Congress Rediscovering Holism: the future for Palliative Care
  • ‘Being a conduit’ between hospital and home: stakeholders' views and perceptions of a nurse-led Palliative Care Discharge Facilitator Service in an acute hospital setting, Venkatasalu, M., Clarke, A., Atkinson, J. Jun 2015, In: Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • 'Being a conduit': Experiences of bereaved carers and health care professionals about using hospital based Macmillan discharge facilitator service, Venkatasalu, M., Clarke, A., Atkinson, J. 2014, In: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
  • Enhancing confidence and competence in end of life care: an evaluation of an educational pathway for community care staff., Steven, A., White, G., Marples, G., Atkinson, J., Goodall, D. 2013
  • Enhancing confidence and competence in end of life care: Pilot and evaluation of an educational pathway for community care staff, Steven, A., White, G., Marples, G., Atkinson, J. Mar 2013, RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference
  • Sharing perspectives: the collaborative care of the cancer patient, Gibson, V., Atkinson, J. 2011, British Association of Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference (BACCN 2011)

Zoe Booth 'Discussing preferred place of death during the final hospital admission; exploring the experience of these discussions from the perspective of bereaved informal care givers and staff. Start Date: 01/10/2020

  • Health PhD January 20 2020
  • Education MEd January 05 1998
  • Education PGDipEd January 05 1998
  • Nursing Studies BA (Hons) June 30 1995
  • Teacher Training CertEd June 30 1991
  • CertEd June 30 1986
  • Information not provided Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 1985
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2003

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