After graduating in 1981 with a BSc (Hons) Nursing studies and registered nursing qualification from the Polytechnic of the South Bank London, Joy worked as a staff nurse for two years at St Thomas’ Hospital London. She qualified as a health visitor in 1984 and worked for Cheltenham and District Health Authority for three years. With financial support of her health visiting colleagues and taking on the role of a senior tutor in a Hall of Residence she then undertook a Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Manchester, following which she worked as a lecturer in health visiting for nine years leading the health visiting programme at Manchester.Whilst at Manchester and working full time she completed a PhD and then took up the position of senior lecturer in research at Swansea University. In September 2003 she was appointed to a Chair in Nursing at Swansea University.
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 teaches on several modules within the specialist community public health nursing programmes, has developed a new BSc (Hons)/Grad diploma course in General Practice Nursing and teaches public health and health promotion on the undergraduate nursing programme. She is module leader for the dissertation module of the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion programme. She successfully led the College of Human and Health Sciences Athena SWAN self assessment team to achieve a bronze award in April 2013 and is currently working towards a silver award submission. She was appointed Chair of the University Athena SWAN self assessment team in January 2015.
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. Completed research includes 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, expectations and experiences of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing with colleagues from across Europe. She is currently the European Regional co-ordinator of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Chair of the European Regional Membership Involvement Task group.
For further information, please view Joy's staff profile at http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/human-and-health-sciences/allstaff/j.a.merrell/.