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Jenny Woodward


About Jenny Woodward

Jenny is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Promotion Research. She specialises in the evaluation of public health interventions, qualitative research and writing accessible briefings. The involvement of lay health workers and community engagement approaches are regular themes in her work.

Part-time, Jenny is studying for a PhD. Entitled 'People and Parks' this explores how Local Authorities and Communities can work together to improve green spaces for health.

Managing complex evaluation projects incorporating multiple research methods is a key area of Jenny's expertise. Examples include evaluations of the RNIB Living Well with Diabetes project, the HSCVF bursary fund, Leeds Winter Warmth and Bradford Beating Diabetes.

An experienced qualitative researcher, Jenny has worked in community settings, schools, and primary care. She's interviewed people from all walks of life, om topics such as the importance of transport for older people, how schools can improve the uptake of school meals, the role of voluntary organisations for mental health support and the prevention of diabetes

Finally, Jenny is skilled at writing short accessible lay summaries of research and disseminating these into practice. This is based on her time spent working in marketing and communications before her move into academia.

Jenny regularly reaches research methods, particularly in terms of collecting and analysing qualitative data and has supervised many final year dissertation students.

Current Teaching

  • Supervision of Nutrition & Dietetic dissertation students
  • Taught on various modules on the topic of conducting and analysing qualitative research

Research Interests

Jenny's PhD aims to utilise her knowledge and experience of community engagement in health and apply this to how communities can be supported in helping to maintain and improve their local urban green space. Drawing on her own personal experience she aims to map the ways in which communities are currently involved in their local green spaces, explore the role of the wider workforce and identify the support communities need from Local Authorities.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (9)

Briefings (2)

  • Woodward J; White J (2016), Health Trainers and GP Practices: Working together for better patient outcomes.
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  • Woodward J; White J (2014), Engaging with Communities. The Health Trainer Approach..
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Conference contributions (2)

  • Woodward J; Bagnall A; White J (2016) Health Trainers: Person Centred or Target Driven? Jyvaskyla, Finland 20160620. : .
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  • SOUTH J; WOODWARD J; WHITE J (2010) Can we develop an outcomes model for the 'big society'? Birmingham, UK 20101122. : .

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (1)

  • SAHOTA P; WORDLEY J; WOODWARD J (2011) Effective behavioural components in child and adolescent weight management programmes. In: . European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2011), Istanbul: , pp. 57.

Other (2)

  • South J; Woodward J (2011), Submission of written evidence to the ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP Primary Care and Public Health Special Inquiry: "Does the Public Health White Paper Truly Seize Opportunities for better health?" Evidence submitted by the People in Public Health research team, Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • South J; Woodward J (2010), A response to the inquiry: "The NHS White Paper & Public Engagement" From the People in Public Health research team, Centre for Health Promotion Research. Submission to All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care & Public Health inquiry into NHS White Paper.

Reports (18)

  • Warwick-Booth L; Woodward J; O'Dwyer L; Di Martino S (2018) An Evaluation of Leeds CCG Gypsy and Traveller Health Improvement Project. . .
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  • Woodward J; White J; Seims A; Bunyan A-M; O'Dwyer L (2018) Wise Up To Cancer - can it make a difference? Executive Summary.. . Yorkshire Cancer Research.
  • Coan S; Woodward J; Patrick S (2017) An Evaluation of Hive Connecting Creativity. . .
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  • Woodward J; Bagnall A; White J (2016) An evaluation of the Bradford Beating Diabetes Intensive Lifestyle Change Programme. . Bradford City CCG.
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  • Woodward J; White J; Kinsella K; Robinson RM (2016) The Mental Health Support Experiences of Black Women, born outside of the UK, in Leeds. . Leeds: Touchstone Support, Leeds.
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  • Woodward J; Kinsella K; White J (2014) Evaluation of Altogether Better Living Well. . Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • Woodward J; Kinsella K; South J (2013) Evaluation of the HSCVF Bursary Scheme. . Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • Woodward J; White J; Kinsella K; Giuntoli G; Roexe A (2013) The Leeds Winter Warmth Campaign: Stakeholder Evaluation. . Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • Woodward J; Day R; White J (2012) An Evaluation of Altogether Better's NHS LifeCheck Demonstrator Project. . Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • South J; Woodward J; Rooke S (2011) People in Public Health. Research Summary. . Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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  • WOODWARD J; SOUTH J (2011) People power in public health. March. .
  • Sahota P; Wordley J; Woodward J (2010) Literature Review - Health behaviour change models and approaches for families and young people to support HEAT 3: Child Healthy Weight Programmes. . NHS Health Scotland.
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  • Sahota P; Bowyer S; Woodward J (2009) Leeds Free School Meals Research Project (Phase 2 Report: Findings from the pilot phase Leeds Metropolitan University). . Leeds, UK: ..
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  • Sahota P; Woodward J; Bowyer (2008) Leeds Free School Meals Research Project: Phase 1 Report Exploratory Research Findings. . Education Leeds.
  • SAHOTA P; WOODWARD J; BOWYER (2008) Leeds Free School Meals Research Project: Phase 1 Report Exploratory Research Findings. . Education Leeds.
  • GREEN J; AYRTON R; WOODALL J; WOODWARD J; NEWELL C; CATTAN M (2008) Child Parent Interaction in Relation to Road Safety Education: Final Report. . London: Department for Transport.
  • GREEN J; AYRTON R; WOODALL J; WOODWARD J; NEWELL C; CATTAN M (2008) Child parent interaction in relation to road safety education: part 2- main report. Road Safety Research Report 102.. . London: Department for Transport.
  • Marsden G; Jopson A; Cattan M; Woodward J (2007) Transport and Older People: Integrating Transport Planning Tools with User Needs. . Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds and Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
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