Jacqueline Oldham

Jacqueline Oldham, PhD, BSc (Hons), RGN


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Founder Director, Manchester Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (MIMIT)

Director of Strategic Initiatives (Health & Wellbeing), Oxford Road Corridor (Manchester’s Innovation District) & Health Innovation Manchester

Chair, St Ann's Hospice

Manchester Ambassador


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Professor Jackie Oldham is the founder Director of Manchester: Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (MIMIT) driving innovation to address unmet health and social care need. She is also Director of Strategic Initiatives (Health & Wellbeing), Oxford Road Corridor (Manchester’s Innovation District) & Health Innovation Manchester. Alongside these roles in 2018 she was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees, St Ann Hospice, Greater Manchester and is a Manchester Global Ambassador.

Jackie holds a PhD in musculoskeletal physiology and was the founder director of the Centre for Rehabilitation Science at the University of Manchester. She has served as an invited member on a number of National committees including the NHS Secretary of State’s Advisory Panel for NHS Challenge Prizes and the Medical Research Council Translational Research and Stratified Medicine Steering Groups. 

Jackie’s interests lie in driving innovation to address unmet healthcare need, developing innovation frameworks and supporting organisations in the delivery of needs driven innovation.

Research interests

Musculoskeletal physiology and all aspects of musculoskeletal rehabilitation including treament of incontinence


Senior Academic Mentorship

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Founder Member, Academy of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Visiting Research
  • Member, Royal College of Nursing
  • Member, Society for Research and Rehabilitation
  • Former Member, Society for Back Pain Research
  • Former Member, NCCRCD, Integrated Academic Training Pathway for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions: Implementation Group
  • Former Member, Arthritis Research Campaign Allied Health Professional Fellowship Committee
  • Former Member, NHS Innovation Challenge Prize Expert Panel
  • Former Member, MRC Translational Research Group
  • Former Member, MRC Stratified Medicine Group
  • Former Member, MRC Confidence in Concept Committee

Methodological knowledge

Randomised controlled trials

Validity and reliability of quantitative outcome measures.  

Muscle physiology incuding strength and fatigue assessment


Academic Qualifications

1983  BSc, Physiology, University of Liverpool

1987  PhD, Rehabilitation of skeletal muscle in the arthritic hand, University of Liverpool, Department of Physiology (Holt Fellowship)

Professional Qualifications

1984  Registered General Nurse (intercalated with BSc in Physiology) University of Liverpool

Supervision information

18 PhD's, 6 MPhil's & 1 MD supervised and awarded

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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