Dr Joanne Pike

Job Role
Professional Lead - Nursing (Post Reg)


As Programme Leader for the MSc Health Sciences and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Programmes, Dr. Pike has been involved in the creation and development of the latter for over 12 years. Recently revalidated, both courses have gone from strength to strength and now have over 140 students between them.

Dr. Pike’s approach to teaching and learning is supportive and encouraging and she says:

“There is nothing better than supporting a student to achieve their master’s degree! Students usually come to us working full-time in very highly stressful and demanding jobs, and often doubt their abilities. We help and encourage them on their academic journey through the course to achieve their goal, and that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning each day.”

Research is important for the development of professional practice, and the first of Dr. Pike’s interests is spirituality and its expression in nursing care. More recently, she has been partnering with her Computing Science colleagues in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, investigating the effect of ‘companotics’ (robot pets) on wellbeing for people with dementia. She plans to extend the research from the investigations in peoples’ own homes, to people with dementia living in residential homes.


RGN, DipN, DN, BSc (Hons), PGCPD (HE), MSc, PhD


Spirituality, Dementia, Companotics


MSc Health Sciences &


Pike. J (2011) Spirituality in nursing: a systematic review of the literature from 2006-10. British Journal of Nursing, Vol 20, No 4 Pp743-9.

Pike. J (2017) ‘Searching for the Hidden: A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Spiritual Aspects of Day Case Surgery from Staff Perspectives’, Religions Vol 8, No 15 doi:10.3390/rel8010015.