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Jo Dawes

Senior Lecturer


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. 

Areas of specialism

  • Homelessness and Inclusion Healthcare
  • Physical activity
  • Primary care
  • Research


  • BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1997
  • MPhil, University of Strathclyde, 2006
  • PGCE in Higher and Further Education, University of East London, 2009

Professional membership

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health


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.


Number of items: 6.


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, ISSN (print) 0966-0410 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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

Conference or Workshop Item

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)

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