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Professor of Nursing, Care for Older People, City, University of London

Professor Julienne Meyer leads research in Care for Older People at City University London and is Executive Director of My Home Life Programme (MHL), a UK-wide initiative to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people.

Julienne initially trained as a nurse, and started her nursing career at Charing Cross Hospital, London. She became a ward sister, specialising in general medicine/endocrine, before working as a clinical consultant of the nursing process. Her transition into teaching came when she moved into a nurse tutor role at the West Thames School of Nursing. She later moved to King's College, London, as a research fellow, and then a lecturer of nursing, before taking up a consultancy role in research and development for Kings Healthcare NHS Trust. She joined City University London as a Reader, before her promotion to her current position of Professor of Nursing.

Professor Meyer has an international reputation for expertise in appreciative action research, which uses participative and affirming methods to research attempts to improve practice. The value of the work is not only the lessons learnt (scientific knowledge), but also, the engagement of users and providers as co-researchers in the educational process of reflecting on and learning from practice, within the context whole systems thinking (social change). Over the last 3 years, as Director of My Home Life (MHL), her work has focused primarily on quality improvement in care homes.


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    Professor of Nursing, Care for Older People, City University London