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I qualified as a physiotherapist in Glasgow, then worked in various acute and primary care NHS settings, latterly developing expertise in caring for people who are homeless. I joined Kingston and St George's as a senior lecturer in 2012 and now teach on the pre-reg BSc and MSc physiotherapy programmes. I lead a clinical skills module, support students on practice placement, provide pastoral support to personal tutees and am responsible for pre- and post-reg research supervision. My research interests focus on homeless and excluded populations and their access to healthcare and physical activity interventions for health gain. I have carried out research in Zambia, evaluating HIV educational programmes in the farming and mining industries. I'm currently collaborating with various charities, including: Crisis, providing a physiotherapy service for homeless people; The Bike project, evaluating bicycle provision and training for refugees; and, A Mile in Her Shoes, evaluating jogging groups for homeless women.
I completed my MPhil in 2006, which explored the value of exercise in substance misuse rehabilitation. Since then, I have worked on various projects around the topics of homelessness and inclusion healthcare, such as: collaborating with Crisis, to evaluate the value of the physiotherapy service provided to homeless people during their annual support event "Crisis at Christmas"; supervising research exploring the impact of jogging groups for homeless women and bicycle provision and cycle training for refugees; and research homeless people's access to NHS physiotherapy in East London.
Dawes, Jo, Sanders, Charlotte and Allen, Rebecca (2019) 'A mile in her shoes' : a qualitative exploration of the perceived benefits of volunteer led running groups for homeless women. Health & Social Care in the Community, 27(5), pp. 1232-1240. ISSN (print) 0966-0410
Dawes, Jo, Deaton, Stuart and Greenwood, Nan (2017) Homeless people's access to primary care physiotherapy services : an exploratory, mixed-method investigation using a follow-up qualitative extension to core quantitative research. BMJ Open, 7(6), e012957. ISSN (online) 2044-6055
Dawes, Joanna and Lambert, Paul (2010) Practice educators' experiences of supervising two students on allied health practice based placements. Journal of Allied Health, 39(1), pp. 20-27. ISSN (print) 0090-7421
Witty-Merrin, Adam, Joshi, Miraj, Dawes, Jo and Mein, Gill (2018) Impact of bicycle provision on the health of refugees in London : a qualitative study. In: Public Health Science 2018 : A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health; 23 Nov 2018, Belfast, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Dawes, Jo, Allen, Rebecca and Sanders, Charlotte (2017) Impact of volunteer-led running groups for women affected by homelessness: a qualitative study of the charity, A Mile in Her Shoes. In: Public Health Science 2017; 24 Nov 2017, London, U.K..
Dawes, J. and Knocker, P. (2016) Annual, temporary, volunteer-led physiotherapy service for homeless people : what have we learned from four years of Crisis at Christmas? In: 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT); 11-12 Nov 2016, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)