Jane Watson

Senior Lecturer in Community Nursing

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Jane qualified as a Registered Adult Nurse from University College Hospital London in 1996. After 18 years of full time practice in a wide range of clinical setting she joined Anglia Ruskin University, with a desire to share her experience with others and to promote the nursing research field. She maintains her clinical skills and continues to work locally in General Practice as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
Her area of expertise is that of respiratory medicine, built upon experience and academic attainment, predominately in the areas of assessment, COPD, Oxygen therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Jane is currently undertaking her PhD which is focusing on the management of COPD patients within the primary care setting.



When initially qualified, Jane worked on the cardiothoracic surgical ward, however 2001 saw a turning point as she switched from being a surgical nurse to a medical nurse caring for patients with chronic respiratory disease, initially in a tertiary care setting.

Her respiratory nurse experience includes: Intensive Care Unit (United Kingdom and Canada), senior staff nurse Cystic Fibrosis and Chest Medical Ward, Research nurse within the fields of pulmonary hypertension, Non-invasive ventilation and self-management within COPD. She has also worked as a Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist in secondary care and a respiratory nurse specialist both in the community and secondary care setting.

Research interests

  • Nursing Research
  • Self- management and respiratory disease
  • Pedagogy
  • COPD
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Reflection

Jane's research interests encompass particularly respiratory disease and the effect these have on patients and carers. She is very interested in investigating factors that influence behaviour change, which not only impacts upon health related quality of life for this population, but also has the potential to advance the nurses role in caring for those with respiratory disease.

Areas of research supervision

Jane currently supervises post graduate students undertaking major projects in the area of community nursing.


As a nurse she has been teaching patients, careers and junior colleagues informally for a considerable period of time. However as her field of expertise grew she taught more formally in and out of practice, realizing the huge rewards of pedagogy she took a full time post in Higher Education. She currently teaches predominately post-graduation students, within the Specialist Community Practitioner pathway: District Nursing, Advanced Assessment skills


  • MSc Respiratory Disease Management, Edgehill University
  • PG Cert Medical and Healthcare Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc Hons Respiratory HealthCare, Lancaster University
  • Project 2000 – Adult Nursing, University College Hospital London.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Trustee of the Primary Care Respiratory Society
  • Florence Nightingale Research Scholar Alumni

Selected recent publications

Levack, W, Watson J, S. Hay-Smith, E, Davies, C. Ingham, T. Jones, B. Cargo, M. Houghton, C and McCarthy, B. 2018 Factors influencing referral to and uptake and attendance of pulmonary rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a qualitative evidence synthesis of the experiences of service users, their families, and healthcare providers (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Watson,J. 2018 Non-pharmacological management of breathlessness in the stable COPD patient. British Journal of Nursing 23 (8) 266-271.

Early,F. Young,J.S Robinshaw,E. Zheling-Mi,E. Zheling-Mi ,E. Fuld,J.2017 A case-series of an off-the-shelf online health resource with integrated nurse coaching to support self-managment in COPD. International Journal of COPD.

Young, J, Jordan, R. Adeb,P. Enocson,A. Jolly,K.2017 Interventions to promote referral, uptake and adherence to pulmonary rehabilitation for people with COPD. (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Book Chapters Young, J. 2016 'Self-Management in Chronic Respiratory Disease' and 'Patient education' in Respiratory Nursing 'at a Glance. Wiley, London.

Recent presentations and conferences

Poster Presentation: A qualitative study to understand the value of the specialist community district nurse qualification – A district nursing students’ perspective. Queens Nursing Institute Conference, London Sep 2018.

Poster Presentation: Understanding referral to Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD patients by Primary Health Care Staff – a qualitative study using the Theoretical Domains Framework. European Respiratory Society International Conference, Paris. Sept 2018.

Barriers & enablers for primary health care practitioners when referring patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease to Pulmonary Rehabilitation for oral presentation at International Primary Care Respiratory Group, Porto, May 2018.

Poster Presentation Primary Care Respiratory Society Conference (2017) Barriers and enablers for primary health care practitioners when referring patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease to Pulmonary Rehabilitation: a qualitative study. – Awarded Best Original Poster.