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Michelle Parker

Lecturer Adult Nursing

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

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Michelle was appointed lecturer in adult nursing specialising in the care of older people and people with dementia in February 2016. Michelle qualified as a nurse in 1997 gaining a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) at The University of Liverpool. Michelle worked as a staff nurse in acute care at Preston Royal Infirmary and then in acute care of older people at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup as both a staff nurse and a ward sister. She completed an MSc in Gerontology at Kings College in 2001.

In 2004 Michelle took up the post of practice development nurse for older people at Newham University Hospital in East London, developing educational programmes in dementia and rehabilitation. In 2010 Michelle was appointed Consultant Nurse for Older People at Newham University Hospital and later Barts Health NHS Trust. In this post she led the Older People’s Liaison Service at Newham University Hospital and worked with Newham Memory services specialising in the assessment and diagnosis of dementia in the acute hospital setting and the management of swallowing and eating problems in advanced dementia.

Michelle also peer reviews articles for Nursing Older People and Nursing Standard Journals on the subjects of acute care for older people and dementia.


  1. MSc Gerontology, King's College London, United Kingdom, 2001
  2. BN (Hons), University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, 1997
  3. Registered Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Council


  1. Lecturer in Adult Nursing, City, University London, 2016 – present
  2. Consultant Nurse Older People, Barts Health NHS Trust, 2010 – 2016
  3. Practice Development Nurse, Newham University Hospital, 2004 – 2010
  4. Ward Manager Acute Care of Older People, Queen Mary's Hospital, 2001 – 2004
  5. Senior Staff Nurse Acute Care of Older People, Queen Mary's Hospital, 1998 – 2001
  6. Staff Nurse, Royal Preston Hospital, 1997 – 1998


  1. Foundation of Nursing Studies (2009) Award for Developments in Practice


Michelle is currently undertaking a PhD at City University supervised by Prof Julienne Meyer. Her qualitative study focuses on the timeliness of a dementia diagnosis following an acute hospital admission from the perspective of the person with dementia and their carer.



  1. Maxfield, M. and Parker, M. (2012). Placement Learning in Medical Nursing A guide for students in practice. Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN 978-0-7020-5175-3.

Journal articles (2)

  1. Parker, M., Barlow, S., Hoe, J. and Aitken, L. (2020). Persistent barriers and facilitators to seeking help for a dementia diagnosis: A systematic review of 30 years of the perspectives of carers and people with dementia. International Psychogeriatrics, 32(5), pp. 611–634. doi:10.1017/S1041610219002229.
  2. Parker, M. and Power, D. (2013). Management of swallowing difficulties in people with advanced dementia. Nursing Older People, 25(2), pp. 26–31. doi:10.7748/nop2013.