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

Professor of Nursing

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University of Manchester Roles:

Joined the University of Manchester through Project Diamond, as Senior Lecturer, in May 2012.

Professor of Cancer Nursing (2015), Joint Chair University of Manchester and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Lead of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Research, The Christie NHS

Deputy Chair of the Cancer, Supportive and Palliative Care research group in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Deputy Chair of the Faculty Equality & Diversity Committee

Lead for the Dissertation Unit - MRes/MClinRes Programme

Unit member - Research Design Unit - MRes/MClinRes Programme

Unit member - Statistics Unit - MRes/MClinRes Programme

Unit member - Quantitatvie Design and Analysis - MRes/MClinRes Programme

Unit member - Evidence-Based Practice - BNurs Programme

Dissertation supervisor - BNurs Programme

PhD supervisor

Academic Advisor - MRes/MClinRes and PhD programmes

External Roles:

Chair - British Thoracic Society Nurse Advisory Group

Chair-elect - American Thoracic Society Nursing Assembly Scientific and Programming Committee

Committee member - NICE Medical Technology Advisory Board (3rd term)

Editorial Board - Thorax; Journal of Community Nursing; Pulmonary Research and Respiraotry Medicine; Community Respiratory Nursing (first edition due July 2015).

External Examiner - MSc Respiratory Care, Edge Hill University; BNurs(Hons), Edinburgh University

Dyspneacentral - conference planning committee


Professor Janelle Yorke (PhD, MRes, PGCE, RGN) is Lead of the Christie Patient Centred Research (CPCR) group at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Deputy-lead of the Supportive Palliative Care (SuPaC) research group at University of Manchester. Professor Yorke joined the University of Manchester as part of Project Diamond in May 2012 and was appointed the foundational Joint Chair in Cancer Nursing, University of Manchester and The Christie in May 2015. Since her appointment as Joint Chair, she has developed a strategy for clinical research at The Christie and leads a team of researchers in the newly formed Trust level research group, CPCR.

Prior to her appointment at University of Manchester, Professor Yorke work held academic positons at University of Salford, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust and Imperial College London. Her prestigious clinical career included Nurse Consultant for heart and lung transplantation at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. 

A global leader in respiratory research Professor Yorke has an established program of research in supporting individuals living with long term conditions. A primary objective of her work has been to improve the symptomatology and quality of life of people living with a long term illness through development of PROMS, better understanding the illness experience and palliative care needs of patients and their families, and the development and testing of multifaceted self-management interventions.

Professor Yorke holds numerous leadership roles at an international level including: incoming Chair of the European Respiratory Society Nurse Group; Chair British Thoracic Society Nurse Advisory Group; Chair American Thoracic Society Nursing Scientific Committee Chair; and is a member of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Medical Technology Appraisal Committee. Professor Yorke has published widely in world leading journals such as Thorax, European Respiratory Journal and BMJ Open, and she reviews for and sit on the Editorial Board of many journals, including Thorax.


  • 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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