Jo Foster is a strategic academic manager with responsibility for the West Midlands Central Health Innovation Education Cluster (WMC HIEC), The Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme (CFHEP). Jo provides managerial and academic support to Professor Richard Lilford in his capacity as Vice Dean of Applied Health Research.
Jo has worked with Professor Richard Lilford for 10 years, firstly as a programme manager to a number of Department of Health research commissioning programmes including Patient Safety, Connecting for Health and Research Methodology.
Jo has co-ordinated successful collaborative bids including the Birmingham and Black Country NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research (B&BC NIHR CLAHRC) and the West Midlands Central Health Innovation and Education Cluster (WMC HIEC).
Jo managed the Birmingham Clinical Research Academy (BCRA) for 4 years which established systems and facilities for collaborative University and NHS grant applications including the NIHR Trauma Centre at the University of Birmingham and the University Hospital Birmingham Foundation NHS Trust.
Jo has previously worked as a Sister in Intensive Care in Birmingham and Nottingham and as a Senior Lecturer in Nursing in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.