Jane is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in rheumatology with over 30 years of experience and was awarded a National Institute of Health Research Clinical Lectureship Post which commenced in March 2011. Her current role combines extending her skills and influence as an extended scope practitioner within Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and also increasing her research knowledge and skills as an Honorary Lecturer here at Lancaster University.
Jane completed her PhD at the University of Central Lancashire in 2008 entitled 'Disease severity and psychological status in Ankylosing Spondylitis'. This was a mixed methods study evaluating disease activity and psychological status in Ankylosing spondylitis (AS). It involved an 18 month prospective longitudinal study which utilised gold standard outcome measures. There was a smaller in built qualitative component which utilised semi-structured interviews. The principle outcome of the study was the promotion of a need for a biopsychosocial approach to treatment and management of AS.