Dr Joanne Pike

Job Role
Professional Lead - Nursing (Post Reg)


Joanne is a Principal Lecturer and Professional Leader with a lot of experience working in higher education. She has research design skills, lecturing (subjects: Advanced Clinical Practice, professional practice and research methods), and curriculum development.


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 one of Joanne's main interests is spirituality and expression in nursing care, which she has been researching since 2009. 

More recently she has been working with Computing colleagues in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology exploring the impact of companotics (pets that are robots) on well-being, for people with dementia.



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


Spirituality, Dementia, Companotics



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. Available from:  https://doi:10.3390/rel8010015

Pike J, Picking R and Cunningham S (2020), ‘Robot companion cats for people at home with dementia: A qualitative case study on Companotics’. Dementia Vol 0, No 0 Pp. 1–19.  Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301220932780

Conference Presentations:

Pike J (2011) ‘The patient’s story of day case surgery’ 5Th International Narrative Practitioner Conference: Glyndŵr University, Wrexham

Pike J (2012) ‘Searching for the hidden: a phenomenological study exploring the spiritual aspects of day case surgery from patient and staff perspectives’. The 13th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science: Graz, Austria

Pike J (2012) The patient’s perspective of the spiritual aspects of awaiting day case surgery’ Second Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society: London

Pike J (2013) ‘Spirituality and Day Case Surgery’ Phi Mu International Conference: Bournemouth

Pike J (2014) ‘Preparing for day case surgery: exploring patients’ spiritual perspectives: an interpretive phenomenological study’ RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Glasgow

Lewis CA,  Williams E, Pike J, and la Cour P (2014) ‘Understandings of the word “Spirituality” among a sample of university students in the UK’ Conference: 4th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health: Integrating Religion/Spirituality into Clinical Practice: Focus on Health Care Professionals: Malta

Pike J (2016) ‘Day case surgery and spiritual care: a phenomenological study exploring the holistic meaning of impending surgery from patients’ and nursing staff perspectives’ 2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference ‘Nurturing the Spirit’ Dublin

Picking R and Pike J (2017) ‘Exploring the effects of interaction with a robot cat for dementia sufferers and their carers’ Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA) Wrexham

Pike J, Picking, R and Cunningham, S (2018) ‘Robot companion cats for people living with dementia: a case study on companotics’ AIRTech2018: Accessibility, Inclusion and Rehabilitation using Information Technologies Palma de Mallorca, Spain