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Professor Jane Coad is a Professor in Children and Family Nursing within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University. Prof Coad has a strong background in both art and nursing and undertakes a number of surveys and projects. These include innovative e-technology survey and evaluations and qualitative art-based participatory research, including handling large data sets, with children, young people and families. User-led approaches include consultation, collaborative and user-led projects. Predominantly, research is focused on children and families that have long term, complex and palliative care needs, and settings have included acute, community and public health settings in the UK and internationally such as Ireland, USA and Sri Lanka.

Prof Coad was awarded a Royal College of Nursing Fellowship in 2013 for lifetime research and leads on a number of local, national and international groups holding substantive posts and was recently invited to the House of Commons to speak as part of a Teenage Cancer Trust briefing for the shadow secretary of state for health.

Vision Statement

Inspiring my REF research includes; 

  • Supporting transformational research around children, young people and family complex care; health and wellbeing with UK/international impact, using respected methods and producing world class research
  • Promoting cross-disciplinary and inter-professional research and learning with new and existing external regional, national and international collaborators 
  • Building the evidence base and leadership to encourage health professionals in research and careers

Research Interests

Children and Family Health, Complex care, Palliative care, Life limiting illness, Young people, Transition, Arts based, Qualitative, Survey methods, e-technologies, Narrative methodology, IPA, Grounded theory, Appreciative inquiry, Framework analysis 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Wolverhampton

Postgraduate Certificate, University of Wolverhampton

Degree, BSc (Hons), University of Wolverhampton

External positions

Clinical Professor in Nursing University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire , University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

1 May 2018 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham

Hon Professor Warwick University, University of Warwick


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