Jo Cumming MA, MSc

jo_cumming_glentruimJo is an applied psychologist. Clients express satisfaction at the way she takes time to understand their needs and provide solutions that make a difference.

In the early years, Jo specialised in assessment for selection and development which gave her unique insight to individual differences and how they can hinder performance or be harnessed to the benefit of all.

Gathering information through interviews and group sessions enables Jo to provide an independent view of a situation that helps inform the best way forward.

She enjoys working with teams to help them look at how they work together and what they can do differently to improve output. Coaching or mentoring at a senior level can make a major difference to the individual and the people for whom they are responsible.

Redundancies and change affects the well-being of the people going, and the ‘survivors’, the people left behind. Jo works with individuals and groups of survivors to give them insights to the effects of the changes and find new ways of working.

Sometimes the positive pressure of work turns into negative stress and Jo can help people develop new strategies for themselves and become better at recognizing stress in others.

She finds it rewarding to design and deliver large group interventions which create a buzz of energy and provide a forum for people to share ideas and look at things from a new perspective.

Project examples
  • Improving Medical Handovers for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, under the Clinical Governance Initiative
  • Researching Developing Career Resilience in an Uncertain Job Market (Nortel plc)
  • Developing better teamwork (FSA)
  • Improving the audit process (HSE)
  • Designing and running a large group event with the NHS, local Councilors, and patients to help them decide what to do about a hospital closure
  • Using pictures with a multi-national team in Nepal to identify where they were at and where they wanted to get to
  • Designing and implementing a cross-organisation development programme to identify management potential.