Jo James qualified as a registered general nurse in 1988 and completed a MSc in Medical Anthropology in 1997. She is a healthcare professional with a wide and varied portfolio of experience. Throughout her career, she has championed the development of excellent nursing care through education, understanding and professional accountability.
Currently working as the Lead Nurse for Dementia at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, she initially specialised in Emergency Care and service redesign, working as an Emergency Department Sister, Nurse Practitioner and Matron in charge of training as well as on a large scale service redesign and hospital rebuild project. Since 2008, she has specialised in the care of older people and people with dementia and the development of hospital services to improve standards of care.
Jo has been involved with service improvement in the field of dementia care both locally and nationally. She was a member of the Department of Health General Hospital Dementia Group, the RCN Transforming Hospital Care Steering Group and the Strategic Clinical Network Leadership Group for Dementia in London. She is currently on the steering group for the RCN Older People’s Forum and a Special Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.
Jo has a strong interest in education and has been instrumental in the development of London wide Dementia Training materials and also in delivering dementia training to hospital and care home staff. She was programme manager for the highly successful 12,000 trained in dementia project at UCLPartners which was a finalist in the Health Service Journal awards.
Jo has published work on a variety of subjects, ranging from refugee needs to dementia care and her most recent publication is a text book on Excellent Dementia Care in Hospital.