Prof Janelle Yorke PhD, MRes, Post Grad Dip (cardiothoracic nursing), PGCE, RN

Professor of Nursing

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Professor Yorke holds a joint appointment between The Christie Hospital (Executive Chief Nurse) and University of Manchester (Chair in Cancer Nursing). She was appointed Executive Chief Nurse & Director of Quality at The Christie in April 2020. In addition to her Board of Director role, she continues to hold the inaugral Chair in Cancer Nursing with the University of Manchester. In 2016, she founded the Christie Patient Centred Research group (CPCR) and continues to lead this vibrant multi-professional research group. During that time she also developed the Christie Clinical-Academic Pathway (CCAP) supporting nurses and allied health professionals to combine clinical and research careers. Prof Yorke has secured over £6m in research grants as lead researcher and over £22m as co-investigator. 

Professor Yorke has particular expertise in the development and clinical implementation of patient reported outcome - and experience - measures (PROM/PREM). She is internationally recognised for her PROM/PREM work which inlcudes symptom specific and quality of life measures that have been translated in over 40 languages. She is the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the Christie's program of electronic-PROMs being implemented into routine clinical care. 

Professor Yorke is conjoint Professor at The University of Newcastle, Australia and is Associate Editor of European Journal of Oncology Nursing. She holds numerous leadership roles including Chair of the NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) and co-Chair of the North West Clinical Academic Careers implementation group. She is dedicated to the development of clinical-academic careers for nurses and allied health professionals to benefit patient care and the wider health economy. 


  • PhD - ‘Quantification of breathlessness using descriptors in cardiopulmonary disease’
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Learning and Teaching
  • MRes - 'Patients perceptions of pain management post cardiac surgery'
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Cardiothoracic Nursing)
  • Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing)


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • British Thoracic Society
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Association of Respiraotry Nurse Specialists
  • Cochrane Airways Group - author and reviewer
  • NICE - Medical Technology Appraisal Committee member
  • Breathlessness Research Interest Group (BRIG)

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