Ms Joanna Dawes

Ms Joanna Dawes

School: Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Job Title: Senior Lecturer



Since qualifying as a physiotherapist from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1997, Jo Dawes has worked in a variety of acute and primary care NHS settings, latterly developing expertise and interest in the care of homeless and vulnerable adults. She joined Kingston & St George's as a senior lecturer in physiotherapy in 2012, following four years at the University of East London.

Jo teaches on the musculoskeletal components of the undergraduate BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. She is also theme lead for the Foundations in Physiotherapy Practice (Rehabilitation) module within year one of the undergraduate physiotherapy programme. Other roles include supporting students while on practice education placement, pastoral support for personal tutees and supervision of undergraduate research projects.

Jo has always had an interest in research and has undertaken a number of projects including: an MPhil in 2006, which evaluated the benefits of exercise in substance misuse rehabilitation; working as a research advisor in Zambia on a project evaluating HIV educational programmes in the farming and mining industries (with Voluntary Services Overseas); and working as a research fellow for NHS Education for Scotland exploring the 2:1 models used in allied health professions practice education.

In 2012 Jo became involved with the homelessness charity Crisis, who annually run 'Crisis at Christmas' in centres across London, offering companionship and essential services to homeless people over the festive period. Over Christmas 2012, she helped to set up the first physiotherapy service offered during Crisis at Christmas. The service was staffed by volunteer qualified and student physiotherapists, including students and graduates of Kingston & St George's.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgCert, Higher Education
  • MPhil, Thesis: Is exercise beneficial in substance misuse rehabilitation?
  • BSc(Hons), Physiotherapy

Professional experience

  • 2012 - present
    Senior Lecturer in Physioterapy, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
  • 2008 - 2012
    Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, University of East London,
  • 2007 - 2008
    Research Fellow, NHS Education for Scotland,
  • 2007 - 2007
    Research Advisor, Voluntary Services Overseas, Zambia,
  • 2000 - 2007
    Senior I Physiotherapist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde,
  • 1999 - 2000
    Senior II Physiotherapist, Ayrshire and Arran NHS Trust,
  • 1997 - 1999
    Junior Physiotherapist, West Glasgow Universities NHS Trust

Research interests

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy; physical activity for health gain; homelessness, vulnerability and inclusive health.