Professor Joy Merrell
Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8575

After a successful clincial career as a general nurse and a Health Visitor, Joy moved into Higher Education in 1989. Joy has eclectic research interests but the focus of her work is within community and primary health care. She has had a long standing interest in women’s health issues dating back to her Masters and PhD work in community well woman clinics which has broadened over the years to encompass minority ethnic health and promoting active ageing. Her research interests also include public and user involvement in primary health care and public health nursing. She has a track record of funded research, publications and doctoral degree completions.

She is a member of the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network, the Centre for Innovative Ageing, the Community Nursing Research Strategy Group for Wales and the Wales Ethnicity Research Collaboration. Her most recent completed projects include a NISCHR funded project exploring the nutritional care provided to older people in two different types of residential care homes,an ESRC funded project with colleagues from Loughborough, Bristol, London and Sheffield which explored migration, nutrition and ageing across the lifecourse in Bangladeshi families (MINA) conducted in Cardiff and Bangladesh and a survey exploring European nurses’ views, expecatations and experiences of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing with colleagues from across Europe.

Publications

  1. & Food or Medicine? The food medicine interface in households in Sylhet. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 167, 97-104.
  2. & Home fire safety intervention pilot with urban older adults living in Wales. Burns 43(1), 69-75.
  3. & Work in progress': nurse educators' views on preparing pre-registration nursing students in Wales for practice in multi-ethnic environments. Journal of Research in Nursing 19(6), 490-501.
  4. & Women’s experiences of decision making with medication abortion. MCN American Journal of Maternal and Child Nursing. 39(5), 325-330.
  5. A Qualitative Study of Women's Decision to View or Not View an Ultrasound Image Before Early Medication Abortion. Womens Health Issues 24(4), 413-418

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Teaching

  • PPN300 Recognition and Management of Cardiovascular Conditions in Primary Care

    This module aims to develop further the knowledge and skills of primary care health professionals, who are involved in the recognition and management of patients with or at high risk of chronic cardiovascular conditions and the promotion of healthy lifestyles in primary care. Access to patients with chronic cardiovascular conditions is a requirement for this module.

  • SHG232 Professional Nursing Issues

    This module aims to introduce students on the BSc (Hons) Professional Nursing Studies (2 Year Option) to core principles and the requirements for evidence based care that underpin nursing practice in the UK. The module will also introduce students to the principles of studying at a UK university and will identify relevant resources for, and approaches to, academic study.

  • SHG3041 Fundamentals of Community Practice

    Following a community nursing review commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006) it was recommended that a more flexible, modular framework for the development of community nursing be made available across Wales, hence the development of this All Wales module. The module will frontload the Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) in community nursing and can be used to AP(E)L against the SPQ. The module can also be delivered as a standalone module that will continue to be funded by WAG and will run for 15 weeks (theory and practice). A flexible approach will be used to deliver the module with some sessions being provided through blackboard. There are four themes incorporated in the module where each theme has a theoretical and clinical outcome. The themes are: Community as the Context of Care, Professional Role and Accountability, Clinical Practice in the community, The Family (sociological and psychological perspectives). Each student will be supported by a sign off mentor or Community Practice Teacher (CPT) in a practice setting that has undergone an educational audit. The CPT / sign-off mentor will assess the student¿s competency to practice.

  • SHG3097 Travel Health for Primary Care Providers

    This module provides basic skills and knowledge in travel health. Specifically it explores pre-travel risk assessment and risk management, common tropical diseases, travel vaccines and preventive health advice for travellers.

  • SHG332 Foundations of Community Practice (Non Specialist Practice Qualification)

    A review of community nursing education programmes throughout Wales (commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006) led to the decision that future provision of education for practitioners working in the community will focus on a modularised approach. This new modularised approach enables the provision of an educational framework that matches the profile of different roles within community nursing teams. The module in particular will focus its attention on the many challenges facing practitioners today who work in this continuously changing yet challenging environment. The module addresses the recommendations put forward in recent policy documents Community Nursing Strategy (WAG, 2009) and Together for Health (WG, 2011). This module will follow the design and structure (as dictated by the All Wales working group for community nurse education) of the core community module in that there are 4 themes which form the underlying content of the module. The themes are as follows: 1. Community as the context of care; 2. Professional Role and Accountability; 3. Clinical Practice in the Community; 4. The Family.

  • SHGM08 Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice

    A review of community nursing education programmes throughout Wales (commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006) led to the decision that future provision of education for practitioners working in the community will focus on a modularised approach. This new modularised approach enables the provision of an educational framework that matches the profile of different roles within community nursing teams. The module in particular will focus its attention on the many challenges facing practitioners today who work in this continuously changing yet challenging environment. The module addresses the recommendations put forward in recent policy documents Community Nursing Strategy (WAG 2009) and Together for Health (WG, 2011). This module will follow the design and structure (as dictated by the All Wales working group for community nurse education) of the core community module in that there are 4 themes which form the underlying content of the module. The themes are as follows: 1. Community as the context of care; 2. Professional Role and Accountability; 3. Clinical Practice in the Community; 4. The Family.

  • SHGM09 Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice

    This module provides students with the opportunity to examine and develop the core values, knowledge and skills associated with the provision of safe, effective and collaborative mental health care in the community. By the end of the module students will have knowledge of the formal and informal resources available to people living with mental health problems in the community, and will recognise the importance of promoting partnerships with service users in meeting needs. Students will be supported to develop their capabilities in assessment, care provision and coordination and decision-making, with due regard to the available evidence, and will have knowledge of relevant policy and law related to community mental health practice.

  • SHGM10 Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice

    The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of practitioners in community and primary health practice. This will require that practitioners have an understanding of the underpinning concepts and approaches to primary health practice and the role of public health. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations. They will develop skills to work with others to plan, implement and evaluate programmes and projects, as well as appraising policies to recommend changes to improve health and well-being

  • SHGM57 Dissertation (MSc Public Health and Health Promotion)

    This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in part one of the programme. Specifically, students will be prepared to work independently in order to critically explore the evidence base for a topic of interest or relevance to their own professional practice.

  • SHN3048 Promoting the Public Health of Populations

    The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of practitioners in public health practice and primary health care. This will require that practitioners have an understanding of the underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations. They will develop skills to work with others to plan, implement and evaluate programmes and projects, as well as appraising policies to recommend changes to improve health and well-being. Students have to be placed in concurrent practice for completion of this module.

  • SHN3050 Safeguarding in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)

    This module focuses on safeguarding, preparing students to assess risk and vulnerability in order to protect children and effectively work with vulnerable individuals and families. It explores a wide variety of topics and highlights the importance of interagency working. Students will gain skills in report writing, record keeping and how to work with other agencies in health and social care provision.

  • SHN3051 Research & Development in SCPHN Practice

    This core module builds on students' previous knowledge of research and aims to expand their knowledge and understanding of the research process to include an appreciation of how practice and research are interrelated and its application to SCHPN practice. There is an emphasis on 'action learning' approaches - which means that students are encouraged to read, notice and reflect on their practice and knowledge development and share their progress/difficulties in an educative, supportive and challenging arena (with other students and teachers). The focus of this module is `research appreciation'. The main aim is to assist students to apply knowledge and skills learned whilst developing their own personal and professional practice. In order to facilitate the integration of theory and practice, which is essential to a practice discipline, students will be placed in concurrent practice.

  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of the key issues, principles and practice of educational research and to provide the knowledge and understanding required to conduct small-scale research into their own practice.

Supervision

  • An exploration of health visitors’ understanding of the principle ‘Influencing policies affecting health’ and its realisation in practice. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
  • Libyan approaches to obesity. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Hann
  • An ethnographic study of the attitudes and behaviours of patients, health workers and community members towards pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sherrill Snelgrove
  • A Public Health intervention to raise awareness of Cryptosporidium and healthy swimming practices, amongst swimming pool users in the South Wales area (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Chair - College Athena Swan Self Assessment team and strategy group

    2012 - Present

  • Chair - College Research Monitoring Panel

    2004 - 2011

  • Head of Centre - Centre for Primary Health Care and Public Health, School of Health Science

    2002 - 2003

  • Course Director - Doctorate in Nursing Science programme

    1999 - 2004

  • Postgraduate Admissions Tutor - School of Health Science, Swansea University

    2000 - 2002

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1999 2003 Senior Lecturer (Research) Swansea University
1989 1999 Lecturer in Nursing University of Manchester
1984 1997 Cheltenham and District Health Authority Health Visitor Cheltenham
1982 1983 Staff Nurse St Thomas’ Hospital, London

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • In their own words: Using the voices of older women from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds to understand experiences and expectations of ‘dignity’ in social care encounters in Wales. 2011 - 2013

    R. Saltus, P. Andam, T. Hong Baker, J. Chowdhury, L. Taylor, W. Low, C. Downes, J. Taitt, NISCHR, £95,417

  • An exploration of the perspectives of Health Visitors, Health Visiting managers and clients regarding the appropriateness, acceptability, utility, relevance and evidence base of the wide variation of family health needs assessment tools in use across Wales. 2012 - 2017

    Early Career PhD Studentship held by Joanne Connell, with M. Bodycombe-James, RCBC Wales, £32,385

  • MINA - Migration, Nutrition and Ageing Across the Lifecourse in Bangladeshi Families: A Transnational Perspective 2008 - 2011

    A multidisciplinary collaborative project funded under the New Dynamics of Ageing Research Programme. , with J. Thompson, P. Meier, B. Bogin, V. Garaj, M. Heinrich, ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing Research Programme £548,429

  • Exploring the views of parents living in Flying Start and non-Flying Start areas of Cardiff regarding immunisations for pre-school children 2009 - 2010

    , with S. Parke, C. Taylor, F. Murphy , National Public Health Service Wales and Welsh Assembly Government £8000

  • Addressing older people’s nutritional needs in care homes: a pilot study 2009 - 2010

    , with S. Philpin, J. Warring, D. Hobby, V. Gregory, NISCHR Social Care Small Grant Award, £14,988

  • An Investigation of Integrated Working in a Chronic Conditions Management Service in South Wales 2009 - 2013

    PhD studentship held by Ben Duxbury, with D. Hughes, NISCHR, £59,283

  • Action Research to Reduce Repetition of Stroke 2007 - 2010

    PhD studentship held by Christine Stock, with S. Lambert, K. Daneski, Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, £48,848

  • An Evaluation of the Ageing Well Programme in England and Wales 2006 - 2007

    S. Lambert, J. Lewis, C. Taylor, J. Granville, Welsh Assembly Government & Age Concern UK, £48,233

  • Wales Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care Support and Research Service (WEDHS) 2006 - 2010

    Funding to establish a research support service that addressed the health and social care priorities of Black and Minority Ethnic patients, service users and groups in Wales, with R. Saltus, K. Hawthorne, C. Williams, M. Johnson, G. Karani, G. Olumide, J. Rance, Wales Office of R&D for Health & Social Care (WORD), £245,000

  • Older People and Ageing Research Network 2006 - 2010

    , with S. Lambert, J. Phillips, et al., Wales Office of R&D for Health & Social Care (WORD), £375,755

  • Scoping Study to Develop a Research and Development Network on Older People and Ageing in Wales 2005 - 2005

    , with S. Lambert, J. Phillips, Wales Office of R&D for Health & Social Care (WORD), £19,873

  • Nursing and Midwifery Research Capacity and Capability Scoping Study 2005 - 2005

    , with J. Kenkre, R. Carnwell, J. Fitzgerald, Wales Office of R&D for Health & Social Care (WORD), £19,983

  • Scoping study to explore the feasibility of a health and social care research and development network covering Black and minority ethnic groups in Wales 2005 - 2005

    , with R. Saltus, K. Hawthorne, C. Williams, M. Johnson, J. Rance, G. Olumide, G. Karani, Wales Office of R&D for Health & Social Care (WORD), £19,528

  • An Evaluation of the Volunteers’ Role in the Bridging the Gap Project 2004 - 2005

    , with G. Mabbett, M. Jones, Age Concern Swansea, £7,400

  • A review of primary care and community nursing in Wales 2003 - 2004

    , with A. Williams, R. Carnwell, J. Kenkre, D. Allen, L. Griffiths, M. Jones,P. Wainwright, H. Snooks, Welsh Assembly Government, £171,406

  • Hidden needs - identifying the social and health care needs of Bangladeshi women in Swansea: public and professional perspectives 2002 - 2003

    F. Kinsella, H. Hughes, Wales Office of R&D for Health & Social Care (WORD), £9,853

  • Hidden carers: identifying the health and social care needs of informal carers from the Bangladeshi community in Swansea 2001 - 2002

    , with F. Kinsella, F. Murphy, S. Philpin, School of Health Science, Swansea University, £ 13,485

  • An evaluation of Sure Start and Children and Youth Partnership programmes in Caerphilly 2000 - 2002

    , with A. Williams, M. Jones, Caerphilly County Borough Council (£53,657)

Research Groups

  • Nursing and Healthcare Practices

    Committed to transferring research from ‘the bench to bedside’, this multidisciplinary group addresses the issues of professional working and contributions to patient care which cut across traditional boundaries.

  • Centre for Innovative Ageing

    The Centre provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research and scholarship across the University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. It hosts the Older People and Ageing Research & Development Network, and the Wales Stroke Research Interest Group and has strong links with Wales Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (NEURODEM Cymru).