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PhD, MSc, RGN.


In October 2000, Joyce was appointed as Professor of Primary Care at the University of Glamorgan. In 2005, she was seconded part-time to the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales in Welsh Assembly Government to take forward the research strategy for nursing, midwifery and health visiting. In 2006, Joyce was also seconded to CRC Cymru the new research infrastructure for Wales as Associate Director for Training for all professions and people wishing to be active in research. Also in 2006 she became a Director of MediWales an organisation bringing together academia, clinicians and the medical device industry.

Having trained in the Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service in Wegberg, Germany, Joyce undertook midwifery training in Shropshire. She gained experience as a graduate nurse in the USA, where she passed the Georgia Board examinations as a Registered Professional Nurse, before returning to specialise in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Midland Centre in Birmingham. Her research career commenced in 1982 in the Department of General Practice at the University of Birmingham where she conducted over 50 research projects resulting in over 80 publications (reports, academic/professional journals and training packs) over a period of 19 years. Joyce has taken an active role in the recognition of the nurse in research activities, and especially with regards to the clinical research nurse. Joyce has also taken an active role in the developing a training programme with consultant nurses, for consultant nurses development which included topics such as policy issues, strategic committee membership, research and working with the media. She has been active in the RCN Research Society and was seconded as the RCN R&D adviser for the UK for a short period to cover maternity leave. She has been a member of the Study Site Co-ordinators Committee of the now Institute of Clinical Research addressing educational, ethical and career issues for investigator site personnel and is the award leader for the MSc in Clinical Research at the University of Glamorgan. Her publications are wide ranging with recent articles on the prevalence of heart failure, the cost of accidents in the elderly, careers for nurses in research, and fraud. Joyce believes that it is essential for health care professionals to maintain standards of high quality research to improve the care within the community.


Member UKCRC expert reference subgroup – nursing and midwifery.
Member of UKCRC nursing sub-committee.
Member of UKCRN Training and Education Advisory Committee.
Member CRC Cymru Operational Steering Committee.
Member CRC Cymru Research Professional Network committee.
Member CRC Cymru Primary Care Committee.
Associate Director CRCC Cymru (Training).
UK Nursing and Midwifery leads for research and development representative for Wales.
Representative for Wales for European Funding Bodies for nursing.
Director of MediWales.
Chair of All Wales Research Board (WAG).


Joyce believes that it is important to collaborate in research across higher education Institutions, NHS trusts, local health boards and community groups. In collaboration with the Institute of Rural Health she conducted a study on the Mental Health Impact and well-being of farmers as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government. Joyce leads research for acute, primary, community and public health initiatives. This has led to collaborative work with NHS Trusts in Wales to assist in the development of their personnel for instance doctors, nurses, speech therapists and R&D managers to take research forward in the clinical area. Professional roles were also reviewed in a series of studies with Allyson Lipp and colleagues in ‘The 3 Rs rethinking Care Provision, Redesigning Roles, Reconfiguring Services’, the evaluation of clinical leadership in Wales and the role of the district nurse in the management of chronic disease. All these projects were commissioned to inform the decision making process within different organisations that impact on patient care.

Prior to and since 2003 there has been active work in developing initiatives and research associated with domestic abuse. This has recently gained backing from the department of social justice and regeneration to collaborate with European colleagues in primary care to collect baseline data on enquiry, management, follow up and training for child, partner and elder abuse in Europe. This information will form the basis for the development of European guidelines within this arena.

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