Jo qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1989 specialising in cardiac nursing until 2012 and latterly as a Cardiac Rehabilitation and BHF Heart Failure Specialist Nurse within Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, South Wales. She successfully completed her Masters in Advanced Nurse Practice at CardiffUniversity and her dissertation focussed on education programmes to support best practice provision within Palliative Care for Heart Failure Patients.
Since 2012 Jo has worked in a few different roles within BHF and was appointed as BHF Health Service Engagement Lead for Wales in April 2016. The priority of this role being to lead high level engagement whilst influencing senior decision makers within NHS Wales health and social care to raise the understanding and need for prioritising evidence based care for those people at risk of or who have CVD. It is also a priority to use her knowledge and field intelligence to identify current and future opportunities for CVD innovative implementation, best practice development, spread and adoption, and the co-ordination of activities to capitalise on all opportunities.
Jo is currently the BHF co-opted BACPR Committee member, sits on the All Wales Cardiac Rehabilitation and Heart Failure Specialist Nurse Group and is the third sector representative within the All Wales Heart Conditions Implementation Board.