Staff Profiles

Professor Jane V. Appleton


Research Lead
Professor of Primary and Community Care

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


Jane is a Professor in Primary and Community Care in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences where she leads the Children and Families Research Group and is part of the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR).   As a registered nurse and health visitor she has a long standing professional practice and research interest in child protection issues and work with vulnerable families. 

Jane has conducted extensive work in social care and NHS services and has had research grants from a range of organisations including: Action for Children, the NSPCC, Burdett Trust for Nursing, DH, NHS England, Higher Education Academy, NIHR, Public Health England and the British Academy. Her current research programme centres on health visiting practice, work in schools, safeguarding children and child protection.  Recent research work has led to the development of ‘Think Baby’ an online learning resource which is being rolled out across the UK to help student HVs build skills in assessing mother-infant interaction. 

Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting, an expert nurse member (and vice chair) of Coventry and Warwickshire Research Ethics Committee (NRES), Senior co-editor of Child Abuse Review and a National Executive Committee member of the charity the Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP).  Jane is an experienced research degree supervisor and a number of her students have won major national awards.  Jane has externally examined 10 MPhil/PhDs, including international studies.  She is a member of the NIHR HS&DR Grant Panel, a review panel member of the HEE/NIHR/NHS Clinical Doctorate Research Fellowship Scheme and the Pre-doctoral Local Authority (PLAF) scheme.