Mrs Joanna Peto

MSc, PG (dip) Ed, BA (Hons), RNT, RSCN, RGN

Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


Jo qualified as a registered nurse from Southampton University in 1997. She worked in adult medicine before taking on a research post in children’s nursing. After her work as a research nurse she worked for a number of years on a children’s ward before completing her Sick Children’s course at Great Ormond Street. Jo worked in two children’s hospitals after this time in paediatric specialist surgery and orthopaedics.

After her post as a junior ward sister on a paediatric surgery ward, Jo gained a teaching qualification and entered nurse education, becoming a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing at Buckinghamshire University College in 1993. This role developed to allow Jo to lead the BSc in Children’s Nursing and the BSc in Children’s Community Nursing for 5 years and also to work on the critical care pathway too. In 1998 Jo moved to a Senior Lecturer role in the Children’s Nursing team at Oxford Brookes University. For many years since then, she has performed various roles within the Children’s Nursing programme, including year tutor, field chair and project co-ordinator.

Jo’s motivation to promote family-centred, evidence-based care for children, young people and their families led her to taking a MSc in Child Health and Education which she completed at Oxford Brookes University in 2013.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

Undergraduate and post-graduate modules in:

  • family nursing
  • health promotion
  • complex care
  • management.

And dissertation supervision.


Research Interests

  • child and family health and wellbeing
  • Simulated learning
  • qualitative research methods
  • inter-professional education.

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies