Janelle Yorke

Janelle Yorke, PhD, MRes, Post Grad Dip (cardiothoracic nursing), PGCE, RN


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Professor Yorke holds a joint appointment between The Christie Hospital (Executive Chief Nurse) and University of Manchester (Chair in Cancer Nursing). She was appointed Executive Chief Nurse & Director of Quality at The Christie in April 2020. In addition to her Board of Director role, she continues to hold the inaugral Chair in Cancer Nursing with the University of Manchester. In 2016, she founded the Christie Patient Centred Research group (CPCR) and continues to lead this vibrant multi-professional research group. During that time she also developed the Christie Clinical-Academic Pathway (CCAP) supporting nurses and allied health professionals to combine clinical and research careers. Prof Yorke received a prestigious NIHR Senior Investigator award in 2023.

Professor Yorke has particular expertise in the development and clinical implementation of patient reported outcome - and experience - measures (PROM/PREM). She is internationally recognised for her PROM/PREM work which inlcudes symptom specific and quality of life measures that have been translated in over 40 languages. She is the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the Christie's program of electronic-PROMs being implemented into routine clinical care. 

Professor Yorke is conjoint Professor at The University of Newcastle, Australia and is Associate Editor of European Journal of Oncology Nursing. She holds numerous leadership roles including Chair of the NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) and co-Chair of the North West Clinical Academic Careers implementation group. She is dedicated to the development of clinical-academic careers for nurses and allied health professionals to benefit patient care and the wider health economy. 

Research interests

Professor Yorke’s programme of research applies all aspects of the MRC framework for the development and evaluation of complex interventions. A such, she has experience in leading funded projects using a variety a research approaches including systematic reviews, exploratory studies using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs, pilot/feasibility RCT’s and phase 3 RCT’s. She has a strong programme of work in the development and validation of Patient Reported Outcome/Experience Measures (PROM/PREM) using advanced psychometric approaches, including Rasch analysis.



Prof Yorke leads the post-graduate Lung Cancer module and supervises undergraduate and Masters dissertations. She supervises an extensive cohort of NIHR and CRUK funded students inclduing pre-doctoral, doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships.

My collaborations

Key Collaborations:

Professor Paul Jones (St George's University London)

Prof Jeff Swigris (Denver USA)

Prof Jorgen Vestbo (University of Copenhagen and University of Manchester)

Prof Dave Singh (University of Manchester and Medicines Evaluation Unit, Manchester)

Dr Jacky Smith ( North West Lung Centre, University of Manchester)

Professor Alex Molassiotis (University of Manchester)

Prof Ann Caress (University of Huddersfield)

Dr Iain Armstrong (PHA UK, Royal Hallamshire Hospital)


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • British Thoracic Society
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Association of Respiraotry Nurse Specialists
  • Cochrane Airways Group - author and reviewer
  • NICE - Medical Technology Appraisal Committee member
  • Breathlessness Research Interest Group (BRIG)


  • PhD - ‘Quantification of breathlessness using descriptors in cardiopulmonary disease’
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Learning and Teaching
  • MRes - 'Patients perceptions of pain management post cardiac surgery'
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Cardiothoracic Nursing)
  • Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing)


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

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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