Specialist Subjects: Volunteer and public involvement, primary health care. women’s health, ethnic minority groups, public health nursing, older people, healthy ageing, qualitative research, ethnography, evaluation research
Primary Care and Policy Studies
Joy Merrell’s clinical expertise is in public health nursing. Her research focuses on the participation of volunteers and the public in primary health care, public health nursing, needs assessment and accessibility of services for minority ethnic groups, and evaluating health promotion initiatives particularly for older people. She jointly leads the Midwifery and Families Professorial Unit in the School. She Chairs the West Wales Region of the Wales Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care Research and Support Service, is a core member of the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network, and an associate member of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ageing. Her methodological expertise is in qualitative research, particularly ethnography. In addition to PhD supervision she teaches research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has a track record of funded research, presented at numerous national and international conferences and reviews for the highest impact nursing journals.
2007/2010 Action Research to Reduce Repetition of Stroke, Wales Office of R&D for Health & Social Care (WORD) £48 848.
2006-2008 Older People and Ageing R&D Network (OPAN, Cymru). Funded by WORD £396,000.
2006-2008 Wales Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care Support and Research Service (WEDHS). Funded by WORD £245,000.
2006-2007 National Evaluation of Age Concern Ageing Well programme. Age Concern England and National Public Health Service Wales £48,233.
2005 Scoping Study to Develop a Research and Development Network on Older People and Ageing in Wales. Funded by WORD £19 873.
2005 Nursing and Midwifery Research Capacity and Capability Scoping Study. Funded by WORD £19,983
2005 Scoping study to explore the feasibility of a health and social care research and development network covering Black and minority ethnic groups in Wales. Funded by WORD £19,528
2004-2005 An Evaluation of the Volunteers’ Role in the Bridging the Gap Project funded by Age Concern Swansea £7, 400.
2003-2004 A Review of Primary Care and Community Nursing in Wales. Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government £171,406.
2002-2003 A Study to Identify the Social and Health Care Needs of Bangladeshi Women in Swansea: Public and Professional Perspectives. WORD Social Care Small Grant £9,853.
Dec 2001-April 2002 A Review of the Literature relating to the Health Information Needs of Minority Ethnic Groups. Funded by the Public Health Strategy Division of the National Assembly for Wales £4,610.
2001-2002 A Study to Identify the Health and Social Care Needs of Informal Carers from the Bangladeshi Community in Swansea. Funded by Swansea University £13, 485.
2000-2002 An Evaluation of Sure Start and Children and Youth Partnership Programmes in Caerphilly. Funded by Caerphilly County Borough Council £53,657.
Merrell J (2008) Promoting Inclusive Partnership Working in Carnwell R and Buchanan J (Eds) Effective Practice in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice (2nd ed), Open University Press, Maidenhead, Berkshire (in press).
Williams C, Merrell J Rance J, Olumide G, Saltus R & Hawthorne K (2007) A critical reflection of the research priorities for improving the health and social care to Black and minority ethnic groups Journal of Diversity in Health and Social Care 4(3):193-197
Merrell J, Carnwell R, Williams A, Allen D & Griffiths L (2007) A survey of school nursing provision in the UK. Journal of Advanced Nursing 59 (5): 463-473
Merrell J, Kinsella F, Murphy F, Philpin S and Ali A (2006) Accessibility and equity of health and social care services: exploring the views and experiences of Bangladeshi carers in South Wales, UK. Journal of Health and Social Care in the Community 14 (3):197-205
Merrell J, Kinsella F, Murphy F, Philpin S and Ali A (2005) Support needs of carers of dependent adults from a Bangladeshi community. Journal of Advanced Nursing 51(6):549-557
Watts T, Merrell J, Murphy F and Williams A (2004) Promoting breast health; addressing the information needs of minority ethnic women in the UK. Journal of Advanced Nursing 47 (5):526-535
Merrell J (2000) Ambiguity: Exploring the Complexity of Roles and Boundaries when Working with Volunteers in Well Woman Clinics. Social Science and Medicine 51: 93-102
Merrell J (2000) Working with Volunteers in a Community Well-Woman Setting. Community Practitioner, 73 (2): 466-469
Merrell J (2000) “You Don’t Do it for Nothing”: Women’s Experiences of Volunteering in Two Community Well Woman Clinics. Health and Social Care in the Community 8 (1): 31-39
Merrell J and Williams A (1999) Synergy: Working Together with Volunteers in Community well Woman Clinics. Journal of Advanced Nursing 30 (2): 489-496
PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) Nursing, RGN, RHV, RNT, HV Tut cert.
Chair in Nursing
TEL: +44 (0) 1792 518575
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BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies, Specialist Practice Award
MSc Community Health Studies, Specialist Practice Award
BSc (Hons) Public Health and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
MSc Public Health and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing