Jody Nichols

Health Programme Manager

Health Improvement Programmes

Jody works for the AHSN NENC as a Health Improvement Manager and leads on and develops national innovation programmes into the NHS, with a focus on Primary Care and Medicine Optimisation. Jody is also the National Implementation and Evaluation Lead for Clinical Digital Resource Collaborative.

Within her career Jody has worked for a number of organisations from the NHS, private sectors, third sector and academia but always within the field of health improvement.

The majority of the last 4 years Jody has worked as a researcher and senior commissioner within primary care for NECS (North of England Commissioning Support) whilst studying for her research degree, although some more of her substantive roles consist of senior commissioner within Public Health and Academic at the University of Sunderland. Her passion for research came about through her commitment to deprived communities and the need for patient engagement in service development, which led to her embarking on a research degree entitled ‘Too Busy to be Skinny’: An Explorative Grounded Theory Study of Mothers’ Beliefs of Factors Influencing Obesity in Deprived Areas of the North East of England. Alongside her research degree (MPhil) Jody has an undergraduate degree in healthcare, a post graduate teaching certificate and masters’ in public health.


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