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City academic named on Nursing Times’ Leaders 2015 list

Professor Julienne Meyer CBE named as one of the country’s most inspirational nursing leaders
by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor Julienne Meyer CBE has been announced as one of the country’s most inspirational nursing leaders by the Nursing Times at a reception held at Prince Philip House in London.

Picked from over 100 nominations by users of nursingtimes.net and a distinguished panel of judges, the Nursing Times Leaders 2015 recognises and celebrates nurses and midwives who are pioneers, entrepreneurs and inspirational role models in their profession.

Professor Meyer leads research in Care for Older People at City 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. She joined City University London in 1996 as a Reader before being promoted to her current position as Professor of Nursing. Internationally recognised for her expertise in improving quality of care for older people, Professor Meyer has spent the last eight years involved in research and development in care homes.

Julienne began her career at Charing Cross Hospital and went on to become a nurse tutor at West Thames School of Nursing. Prior to City, Julienne worked for King's College London as a research fellow and lecturer and was later seconded, one day a week, to work for King's Healthcare NHS Trust as a consultant in research and development.

The 48 individuals on the list come from all aspects of the nursing profession including frontline patient care, management, research and academia, national organisations and charities. They include nurses and midwives at all career stages from the recently qualified to a retired nurse who now serves in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer.

Nominees were judged on the impact of their work on nursing policy, practice or care; their influence on and understanding of how health and social care fit together; the sustainability of their achievement and the extent to which they act as role models for others.

Speaking about the award, Professor Meyer said: “I am delighted to be named on the Nursing Times’ leaders list for 2015. It is a great honour and a real privilege. The award is also a great credit to the all the people who have worked with me over the years, and I would also like to thank all the funders who have made my research possible.”

Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton said: “This list celebrates a group of the most influential, intelligent and impactful nurses in the profession, and demonstrates the huge contribution nurses and midwives make to defining and implementing excellent patient care. I hope they will inspire others in the profession to have the confidence to achieve their full potential, and highlight to the wider public just how far nursing has come in the past two decades. Nurses are no longer junior partners in healthcare – they influence all levels of healthcare from clinical practice to government policy, and patients benefit from their skills and insight.”

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