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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Jo Day

Dr Jo Day

Research Fellow


 +44 (0) 1392 726089

 South Cloisters 


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


A psychologist and qualitative researcher based in the Implementation Science Group, National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC). 

Working on projects that research, evaluate and support putting effective health and social care innovations into practice for public benefit. This work draws on the Implementation Science, Improvement Science and Knowledge Mobilisation academic fields. Current work involves three areas:

  • Develop new or support emerging research, evaluation and implementation projects and obtaining grant funding.
  • Work collaboratively on projects with partners in health and social care organisations to support the implementation and improvement of evidence-informed change.
  • Capacity-building work to increase the awareness, understanding and use of Qualitative Research, Implementation Science and Knowledge Mobilisation to support improvements to services.

Broad specialisms:

Qualitative research and evaluation approaches

Implementation Science and Knowledge Mobilisation in health and social care settings for older people

Research-practice collaborations to enhance the use of research and evidence-informed innovations in health and social care services


  • PhD in Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter. Thesis title: Transforming criminal lives: A narrative study of selves, bodies and physical activity.     
  • MSc Applied Criminological Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • BA(Hons) Social Psychology, University of Kent at Canterbury
  • Health & Care Professions Council Registered Forensic Psychologist
  • Chartered Forensic Psychologist
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society


Qualitative social science researcher working on collaborative applied health and social care research, evaluation and implementation projects to improve experience of care and quality of life. A forensic psychologist with over 12 years experience of working in the criminal justice system (prison and probation services) including clinical, risk assessment and expert witness work and as a senior manager responsible for the development, evaluation and quality assurance of evidence-informed psycho-social programmes for people with criminal convictions.


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Research interests

  • Qualitative research and evaluation of the implementation of evidence-informed innovations in health and social care services
  • Knowledge Mobilisation, Implementation Science and Improvement Science
  • Health, well-being, social exclusion and physical activity
  • Leadership and management
  • Public involvement and engagement in research 
  • Research-practice collaborations and partnerships

Research projects


DACHA Implementation Learning Study: Learning from the experiences of researchers and professionals implementing a minimum data set in the Developing research resources And minimum dataset for Care Homes Adoption and use (DACHA) study

WHELD into Practice: Implementation of evidence-based cost-effective training for care home staff to improve wellbeing and mental health for care home residents with dementia and reduce unnecessary sedative medications

OPTIMIST: Optimising implementation of ischaemic stroke thrombectomy

SFGC: The Safeguarding Family Group Conferences study a realist evaluation by a research-practice partnership

Young athlete injury prevention intervention co-creation and knowledge exchange for the Youth Talent Programme in partnership with England Athletics


ExCHANGE: The University of Exeter and Care Homes Knowledge (EXCHANGE) collaboration - develop and pilot a model of research-practice collaboration

STOPPING: Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes for older people

CHIK-P: The Care Homes Implementation and Knowledge Mobilisation Project

PARTNERS 3: Optimising key components of the community mental health policy through implementation of the PARTNERS intervention: learning about personalisation, integration and team-based supervision

A rapid systematic review of current relevant evidence of rehabilitations to enable recovery from COVID-19

The rapid emergence of local authority public health knowledge brokers in a global pandemic to interpret Public Health England guidelines across local social and health care settings: Experiences of the UK's PPE 'cells'

Boundary objects: A scoping review of how the concept of ‘boundary objects’ can assist knowledge mobilisation of health, social care, and public health research

FIC Block: Regional anaesthesia for hip fracture patients by ambulance crew implementation research

ASPIC: Gaining qualitative insights into the implementation scale-up processes of two evidence-based interventions (treatment of acute stroke and patient initiated clinics)

EmMA: Qualitative realist-informed evaluation of the pilot phase of the Health Services Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme.

Internal realist evaluation of the pilot phase of the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC)


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Journal articles

Heaton J, Day J, Britten N (In Press). Collaborative research and the co-production of knowledge: an illustrative case study of knowledge translation. Implementation Science, 11(20).
Heaton J, Day J, Britten N (In Press). Inside the "black box" of a knowledge translation program in applied health research. Qualitative Health Research Abstract.
Goodwin V, Allan L, Bethel A, Cowley A, Cross J, Day J, Drummond A, Howard M, Morley N, Thompson Coon J, et al (In Press). Rehabilitation to enable recovery from COVID-19: a rapid systematic review. Physiotherapy
Parker H, Frost J, Day J, Bethune R, Kajamaa A, Hand K, Robinson S, Mattick K (2022). Tipping the balance: a systematic review and meta-ethnography to unfold the complexity of surgical antimicrobial prescribing behavior in hospital settings. PLoS One, 17(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilkinson K, Day J, Thompson-Coon J, Goodwin V, Liabo K, Coxon G, Cox G, Marriott C, Lang IA (2021). A realist evaluation of a collaborative model to support research co-production in long-term care settings in England: the ExCHANGE protocol. Res Involv Engagem, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Massey L, Day J, Bethune R, Lang I (2021). EP.FRI.949 “When it works, it works brilliantly…. on the days that it doesn’t work, it tends to just all kind of crumble” – a qualitative study of patient and staff experience of ambulatory care on the surgical assessment unit. British Journal of Surgery, 108(Supplement_7).
Day J, Dean SG, Reed N, Hazell J, Lang I (2020). Knowledge needs and use in long‐term care homes for older people: a qualitative interview study of managers’ views. Health & Social Care in the Community, 30(2), 592-601.
Warmoth K, Day J, Cockcroft E, Reed DN, Pollock L, Coxon G, Heneker J, Walton B, Stein K (2020). Understanding Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Implementing Deprescribing for Older People Living in Long-term Residential Care Homes: the STOPPING Study Protocol.  Abstract.
Warmoth K, Day J, Cockcroft E, Reed DN, Pollock L, Coxon G, Heneker J, Walton B, Stein K (2020). Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing for older people living in long-term residential care homes: the STOPPING study protocol. Implementation Science Communications, 1(1). Abstract.
Lang IA, Ronquillo C, Day J, Britten N, Stein KWT, Warmoth KM (2018). An Implementation Science Perspective on Deprescribing. Public Policy & Aging Report, 28, 134-139.
Manzi S, Chalk D, Day J, Pearson M, Lang I, Stein K, Pitt M (2017). A novel modelling and simulation capacity development initiative for the National Health Service. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 4(2), 97-98.
Kieft E, Day J, McArdle P, Byng R, Goodwin V (2017). Bridging the second gap in translation: a case study of barriers and facilitators to implementing Patient-initiated Clinics into secondary care. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 5, 129-137.
Sparkes AC, Day J (2016). Aging bodies and desistance from crime: Insights from the life stories of offenders. J Aging Stud, 36, 47-58. Abstract.  Author URL.
Day J, Heaton J, Britten N (2016). What is the nature and value of a risk management tool in a large-scale complex programme of collaborative applied health research?. Health, Risk and Society, 18(1-2), 97-113. Abstract.
Burrowes N, Day J (2011). Offender experiences and opinions of mixed-gender group work in the community: a qualitative study. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55(7), 1154-1165.
Day J (2001). Understanding the characteristics of fire-setters. Prison Service Journal, 133, 6-8.


Day J (2007). Psychological theories of criminality. In Parker M (Ed) Dynamic security: the therapeutic community in prison, London: Jessica Kingsley, 46-58.


Coon JT, Abbott R, Coxon G, Day J, Lang I, Lourida I, Pearson M, Reed N, Rogers M, Stein K, et al (2016). OP68 Implementing and disseminating best practice in the care home setting: a systematic scoping review.
Manzi S, Chalk D, Pearson M, Day J, Stein K, Lang I, Pitt M (2016). Opening the black box: Combining agent based simulation and realism in intervention development.  Abstract.
Day J (2014). Leaving a criminal lifestyle: a journey from ‘what works’ to ‘how it works’. Invited speaker at British Psychology Society South West Psychology in the Pub.
Day J, Sparkes AC (2014). ‘When you stop you’ve got no identity’: the (re)construction of narrative identity and the implications for understanding desistance from crime. Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters.
Day J, Sparkes AC (2013). Insights from a narrative study of the rehabilitative role of physical activity in leaving a criminal life and enhancing well-being. British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Day J, Sparkes AC (2011). Sporting criminal to sporting citizen: Embodied identity change and the rehabilitative role of physical activity. Annual Congress of European College of Sport Science.
Day J, Sparkes AC (2010). A criminal life transformed: Reflections on an inter-disciplinary qualitative inquiry. International Qualitative Research Conference.
Day J, Bloomfield S (2008). Critical factors of the effective implementation of offending behaviour programmes: a review and implications. European Association of Psychology and Law conference.


Day J, Bloomfield S (2007). Critical factors that impact on the effective implementation of offending behaviour programmes: a review. National Offender Management Service.

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Currently teach post-graduates and health and social care practitioners in: 

  • Qualitative Research
  • Implementation Science and Knowledge Mobilisation
  • Leading change in health and social care services

The Director of studies for 1 PhD student and co-supervisor for 1 PhD student and 2 MD students

Co-ordinate and deliver with colleagues the Qualitative Research Forum within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Exeter

Advisor for the Qualitative Research Advice Clinics

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Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Sara Eddy
  • Lisa Massey
  • Hazel Parker

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