Personal profile

Key Research Interests

My research is mixed methods focusing on older people experiencing the complexities of later life. I am particularly interested in understanding patient experiences and using these to develop and test multidisciplinary interventions. My mixed methods skills facilitate developing and testing these complex interventions in programmes of work culminating in clinical trials.

As a physiotherapist I have an interest in respiratory physiotherapy practice. I led a project developing competency assessment and an education tool for physiotherapists working on-call. This led to publication of a text for students and newly qualified physiotherapist. Emergency Respiratory Physiotherapy (Elsevier 2021) is now in its 3rd edition. this innovation won the UK Awards for Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare scientists and for excellence in learning, teaching, development or mentorship 2006 and the British Thoracic Society Silver Jubilee Award for Innovation in the secondary respiratory care setting 2007.

I was part of the award-winning team who delivered training for thousands of health care professions forced to work on critical care during the COVID pandemic. Led by Brunel university in collaboration 3NN and HEE won the Intensive Care Society Innovation award and was Highly Commended in the HSJ awards for Partnerships

Research Group or Lab Membership

Compexity in Later Life


Areas of Expertise

Mixed methods research

Developing and testing complex interventions

Respiratory physiotherapy.

Academic Background

  • 1985 - Chartered Physiotherapist
  • 1999 - MSc Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • 2005 - Doctor of Education, University of East Anglia

Teaching Interests

PhD supervision

Research methods

Administrative Posts

  • 2000- Course Director for BSc Hons Physiotherapy
  • 2005- School Teaching Director


Dr Jane Cross is Associate Professor at the University of East Anglia and a physiotherapist. She led much of the Peri-operative Enhanced Recovery hip FracturE Care of paTiEnts with Dementia-"PERFECTED" NIHR programme grant. Her research interests are older people and the complex changes in health and wellbeing as they age. She has been Chief investigator for HTA and the stroke association and is currently leading a new NIHR programme on dementia carers CareCoach.


1985 – Physiotherapy clinician Respiratory Care and Rehabilitation  

1996 – Physiotherapy Lecturer University of East Anglia

2005 - present  Associate Professor University of East Anglia

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

External positions

Honary Associate Professor, University of Exeter

1 Jul 2021 → …

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