Jo is a Registered General Nurse and a qualified counsellor. She has many years of experience working in surgical and medical wards. Jo worked for several years in the community covering the out of hours district nursing service, hospice services and working in the Rapid Response Team in a large city. She was the Dementia Liason Nurse for North Cornwall for two and a half years, specialising in health improvements for people living with dementia and advising NHS and care home staff regarding complex discharges and mental health capacity assessments. Jo has used her Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Person Centred Counselling skills to help staff understand residents displaying distressed reactions.
Jo is passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with complex mental health needs. She has always worked to help improve the support for people living with illness and the carers that support them. Jo has won a national award for supporting the work of Memory Cafes and empowering those living with mental health issues.
Jo helps the staff at Kernow House audit the care that they give and look for ways to improve it. She supports the team to analyse all accidents and incidents to help to reduce risk where possible. She is responsible for maintaining the Clinical Governance Database and supporting the General Manager in the day to day running of the home.
When not at work Jo runs creative writing and poetry workshops to encourage others to be creative. She has helped set up a charity to support people facing funeral poverty. She is currently undertaking a Humanities degree with the Open University. She loves reading, motorbikes, animals and archery.