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Ms Jane Wills

Ms Jane Wills

willsj@lsbu.ac.uk

Institute of Health and Social Care

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9564-0075 (unauthenticated)

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I am Professor of Health Promotion, was the Director of Research and Enterprise 2017-2021 and am the founding head of the Centre for Applied Research in Improvement and Innovation (CApRII). I am now co-investigator of PHIRST South Bank, a new research centre at LSBU that is evaluating national public health initiatives.

I have been at the forefront of developments in health promotion as a discipline over the last three decades through best selling textbooks which have been translated into five languages, extensive publications on the nature and scope of health promotion and latterly, health literacy.

My recent research has focused on what works to improve the health and wellbeing of health and social care workforces and how they can be developed to deliver opportunistic health education. I am also working on projects understanding how health literacy influences individual and community decision making and behaviour change. I am a founding member and advisor to PHIRST South Bank, an evaluation team funded by the National Institute of Health Research which is based at LSBU, who are helping local authorities to build an evidence base on successful and effective public health interventions.

I have worked with regional and government agencies in several low income countries to develop training for community health workers, to develop plans for sustainable behaviour change approaches in relation to paraffin safety, food growing, sanitation and physical activity and to investigate good practices and the transferability and scalability of innovation in public health. I have also acted as a facilitator and expert educator in numerous skills areas including social marketing and behaviour change communication and evidence informed practice.

I have been an Associate non-executive director for Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust as it moves into an integrated care system where I brought my expertise in public health and health promotion and commitment to addressing and reducing health inequalities.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Meriyam JohnDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Catherine JenkinsLibraries as settings for the development of critical health literacy in children.PhD
Mrs Rita Chineze MelifonwuDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Ms Helen Kate GravesImplicit associations, ego depletion and disinhibition in dietary restraintPhD
Miss Anna Marie CullotyA case study of contributors to patient safety in an acute NHS TrustPhD
FunderYear wonProjectRole
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)2021Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies TeamCo-Investigator
Health Education England2020HSC_Post PhD Bridging Programme_HEEPrincipal Investigator
Kent County Council2020HSC_Webinar Masterclass Series_KCCPrincipal Investigator
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)2020HSC_AppRes_NIHR_ Scoping projectPrincipal Investigator
Tower Hamlets Parents Centre2019Evaluation of the 'Health Matters' projectPrincipal Investigator
C3 Collaborating for Health2019Global nurse leaders survey Principal Investigator
Kent County Council2019Practitioner masterclasses for London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex UKPHR participantsPrincipal Investigator
Kent County Council2018H585_Consultancy_KCC_MECCPrincipal Investigator
UK Public Health Register2017H408_AppRes_UKPHR_Fit for the futurePrincipal Investigator
Age UK2017H405_App Res_Age UK_Age AlliesPrincipal Investigator
Public Health England2016H332_Contract Research_PHE_Supported Resources HWBPrincipal Investigator
Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust2016H171_HEE_PHPPrincipal Investigator
Health Education South London2015H075_CPD_HIN_Raising awareness of personal health and wellbeing in the workforce: a social marketing campaignPrincipal Investigator
Kent County Council2019H652_Consultancy_KCC_MECC Evaluation HandbookPrincipal Investigator
Kent County Council2019H651_Consultancy_KCC_MECC Sandpit ProjectPrincipal Investigator
Fulbright Commission2019Reducing unhealthy outcomes of gang activityCo-Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
PSL1920-0485 HSC_Webinar Masterclass Series_KCCHSC_Webinar Masterclass Series_KCCPrincipal InvestigatorKent County CouncilOPEN In preparationApr 2021
PSL1819 0413 - Global nurse leaders survey Global nurse leaders survey Principal InvestigatorC3 Collaborating for HealthOPEN Approved for submissionOct 2019
Critical Public Health

Editor 2005-2008

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2005
Critical health literacy in pandemics: the special case of COVID-19
Health literacy as a social vaccine in the COVID-19 pandemic
General practitioners’ reflection on health promotion

Public Libraries as Supportive Environments for Children’s Development of Critical Health Literacy
Jenkins, C. L., Sykes, S. and Wills, J. (2022). Public Libraries as Supportive Environments for Children’s Development of Critical Health Literacy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (19). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191911896

Differences in digital health literacy and future anxiety between health care and other university students in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frings, D., Sykes, S., Ojo,A, Rowlands, G, Trasolini, A, Dadaczynski, K, Okan, O and Wills, J. (2022). Differences in digital health literacy and future anxiety between health care and other university students in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Public Health. 22 (658). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-13087-y

Sport and Exercise Science and Health
Mileva, K. and Zaidell, L. (2022). Sport and Exercise Science and Health. in: Wills, J. (ed.) Health Studies: an Introduction Springer Nature. pp. 84-124

Street Gangs and Coercive Control: The Gendered Exploitation of Young Women and Girls in County Lines
Havard, T., Densley, J., Whittaker, A. and Wills, J. (2021). Street Gangs and Coercive Control: The Gendered Exploitation of Young Women and Girls in County Lines . Criminology and Criminal Justice. https://doi.org/10.1177/17488958211051513

eHealth literacy during the COVID-19 pandemic: seeking, sharing, suspicion amongst older and younger UK populations
Sykes, S., Wills, J., Trasolini, A., Wood, K. and Frings, D. (2021). eHealth literacy during the COVID-19 pandemic: seeking, sharing, suspicion amongst older and younger UK populations. Health Promotion International. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daab103

The health of the nursing workforce. A survey of National Nurse Associations
Wills, J, Hancock, C and Nuttall, M (2020). The health of the nursing workforce. A survey of National Nurse Associations. International Nursing Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12586

Multidimensional eHealth Literacy for Infertility
Sykes, S., Wills, J., Frings, D., Church, S. and Wood, K. (2020). Multidimensional eHealth Literacy for Infertility. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17 (3), pp. 966-966. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030966

Shaping alcohol health literacy: a systematic concept analysis and review
Sykes, S, Wills, J, Okan, O and Rowlands, G (2019). Shaping alcohol health literacy: a systematic concept analysis and review. Health Literacy Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.3928/24748307-20191104-01

Critical health literacy for the marginalised: Empirical findings
Sykes, S. and Wills, J. (2019). Critical health literacy for the marginalised: Empirical findings. in: Orkan, O., Ullrich, B., Levin-Zamir, D., Pinheiro, P. and Sorensen, K. (ed.) International Handbook of Health Literacy: Research, Practice and Policy across the Life-Span Bristol

Gender and health literacy: men’s health beliefs and behavior in Trinidad
Wills, J., Sykes, S., Hardy, S., Joshua, K., Moorley, C. and Ocho, O (2019). Gender and health literacy: men’s health beliefs and behavior in Trinidad. Health Promotion International. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daz076

How parents describe the positive aspects of parenting a child who has intellectual disabilities: a systematic review and narrative synthesis
Wills, J and Beighton, C (2019). How parents describe the positive aspects of parenting a child who has intellectual disabilities: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 32. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12617

IUHPE Position statement on health literacy: a practical vision for a health literate world
Bröder, J, Chang, P, Kickbusch, I, Levin-Zamir, D, McElhinney, E, Nutbeam, D, Okan, O, Osborne, R, Pelikan, J, Rootman, I, Rowlands, G, Nunes-Saboga, L, Simmons, R, Sørensen, K, Van den Broucke, S, Velardo, S, Wills, J and International Union for Health Promotion and Education (2018). IUHPE Position statement on health literacy: a practical vision for a health literate world. Montreal, Canada International Union of Health Promotion and Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975918814421

Challenges and opportunities in building critical health literacy
Sykes, SM and Wills, JD (2018). Challenges and opportunities in building critical health literacy. Global Health Promotion. 25 (4), p. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975918789352

Nurses as role models in health promotion: piloting the acceptability of a social marketing campaign.
Wills, J, Kelly, M and Frings, D (2018). Nurses as role models in health promotion: piloting the acceptability of a social marketing campaign. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 75 (2), pp. 423-431. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13874

Systematic review: What works to address obesity in nurses?
Kelly, M. and Wills, J (2018). Systematic review: What works to address obesity in nurses? Occupational Medicine. 68 (4), pp. 228-238. https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqy038

Obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals in England: a cross-sectional study using the health survey for England
Kyle, RG, Wills, JD, Mahoney, C, Hoyle, L, Kelly, M and Atherton, IM (2017). Obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals in England: a cross-sectional study using the health survey for England. BMJ Open. 7 (12). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018498

Do nurses' personal health behaviours impact on their health promotion practice: a systematic review
Kelly, M, Wills, JD and Sykes, SM (2017). Do nurses' personal health behaviours impact on their health promotion practice: a systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 76, pp. 62-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.08.008

Investigating the attitudes of nurses who are obese
Wills, JD and Kelly, M (2017). Investigating the attitudes of nurses who are obese. Nursing Standard. 31 (46), pp. 42-48. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2017.e10645

The Role of Community Development in Building Critical Health Literacy
Sykes, SM, Wills, JD and Popple, K (2017). The Role of Community Development in Building Critical Health Literacy. Community Development Journal. 53 (4), pp. 751-767. https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsx019

The health literacy dyad: the contribution of future GPs in England
Wills, JD, Groene, O, Rowlands, G and Rudd, R (2017). The health literacy dyad: the contribution of future GPs in England. Education for primary care : an official publication of the Association of Course Organisers, National Association of GP Tutors, World Organisation of Family Doctors. 28 (5), pp. 274-281. https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2017.1327332

What works to encourage student nurses to adopt healthier lifestyles? Findings from an intervention study.
Wills, JD and Kelly, M (2016). What works to encourage student nurses to adopt healthier lifestyles? Findings from an intervention study. Nurse Education Today. 48, pp. 180-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2016.10.011

Should nurses be role models for healthy lifestyles? Results from a modified Delphi study.
Kelly, M, Wills, JD, Jester, R and Speller, V (2017). Should nurses be role models for healthy lifestyles? Results from a modified Delphi study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 73 (3), pp. 665-678. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13173

How is rising obesity tackled in China and Europe?
Wills, JD and Liu, T (2016). How is rising obesity tackled in China and Europe? European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 8 (3).

Are parents identifying positive aspects to parenting their child with an intellectual disability or are they just coping? A qualitative exploration
Beighton, C and Wills, JD (2016). Are parents identifying positive aspects to parenting their child with an intellectual disability or are they just coping? A qualitative exploration. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629516656073

Troubled, Troubling or in Trouble: The Stories of ‘Troubled Families’
Wills, JD, Whittaker, AJ, Rickard, W and Felix, C (2016). Troubled, Troubling or in Trouble: The Stories of ‘Troubled Families’. British Journal of Social Work. 47 (4), pp. 989-1006. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw061

Using community development to build critical health literacy
Sykes, SM, Wills, JD and Crichton, N (2016). Using community development to build critical health literacy. 4th Health Literacy Conference - Health Literacy. Glasgow 18 Mar 2016

Healthy universities: an example of a whole-system health-promoting setting
Newton, J, Dooris, M and Wills, JD (2016). Healthy universities: an example of a whole-system health-promoting setting. Global Health Promotion. 23 (Supp 1), pp. 57 - 65. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975915601037

Human Biology and Health
Cedar, SH (2015). Human Biology and Health. in: Naidoo, J and Wills, J (ed.) Health Studies An Introduction Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 23-47