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Professor Julienne Meyer joins Demos commission on residential care in the UK

High-profile Demos commission will develop a vision for the future of residential care in the UK.
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nullJulienne Meyer, Professor of Nursing: Care for Older People at City University London, has been appointed to a high-profile new Commission which aims to develop a vision for residential care in the UK.

The Commission on Residential Care, which is hosted by Britain's leading cross-party think-tank Demos, will be chaired by former Care Services Minister Paul Burstow MP.

Over the course of the next year, the Commissioners will gather evidence from charities, care providers, current care home residents and staff and members of the wider public, particularly the 'next generation' of care home users - those who are approaching retirement age, or who are living with physical or learning disabilities, in order to assess future demand.

Their activities will include; calls for evidence from the public and organisations working in the care sector, site visits and interviews with practitioners and focus groups with current and future care users. In addition, the Commissioners will explore best practice examples from abroad.

This process will culminate in the publication of a high profile independent report in summer 2014, containing recommendations for the sector and policy makers on the way forward for residential care.

Professor Meyer leads the My Home Life Programme at City, which was established in 2006 to promote quality of life in care homes - not just among residents, but also for staff and visitors. She also leads research into Older People's Care and Support at City University London and holds two Honorary Professorships in Australia (Griffith University and University of South Australia) and one in USA (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Professor Meyer said: "Over the last few years my research has been focussed on promoting best practice in care homes and my work for this commission will give me another outlet for that work.

"Last summer, MHL launched the 'Big Care Home Conversation', an opportunity for care homes across the UK to open up a dialogue with residents, relatives and staff and with the public at large about what makes life good in care homes now, what could make them better and how we might get there. We learnt a lot from this process and feel the time has come to positively raise the profile of care homes.

"With an increasingly ageing population quality of life in care homes will become even more important, so the creation of this commission is extremely prescient."

You can keep up with the commission's events, findings and news by following @demos or #corc.

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