HAZEL HEATH

PhD, FRCN, MSc, BA(Hons), DipN(Lond), Cert.Ed, FETC, ITEC, RGN, RCNT, RNT.

Independent Nurse Consultant for Older People,
Honorary Senior Research Fellow City University London,
Consultant Editor to the Journal of Dementia Care,
Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Older People Forum.


email: hh@hazelheath.co.uk


RCN Fellowship is presented to Dr Hazel Heath.
"Hazel has dedicated her working life to the care of older people, something particularly important given our ageing population.
She has strived to make sure that services for older people are recognised for quality when they deliver it and this work is known worldwide.
Crucially, much of her work has focused on identifying the powerful contribution that nursing care makes to the lives of older people.
The RCN's Older People's Forum are exceptionally lucky to have benefitted from Hazel's expertise for more than twenty years, so I know they will be very happy with her latest achievement.”

Dr. Peter Carter, Chief Executive, Royal College of Nursing UK April 2013.

Old age, so the saying goes, is the only disease you don't look forward to being cured of.  But there are many who would denounce this perception of old age as a period of grim and inevitable decline as simply wrong.  Among them is Hazel Heath ... She's convinced that caring for older people is more vital than ever before.  "Nursing older people is a speciality of the present and the future" she says. "There's a tendency to see older people as a race apart, but they're ourselves in the future ... The service we create will be the service we inherit".
Nick Jackson The Independent Feb 17 2005 p 16-17.

Hazel Heath is an Independent Nurse Consultant for Older People, Honorary Senior Research Fellow City University London, Consultant Editor to the Journal of Dementia Care and Chair of the R.C.N. Older People Forum.  In 2013 she was awarded aFellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.

Hazel is also a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Older People Nursing.

Hazel has been the RCN UK Adviser on Nursing and Older People, the Senior Teacher in Nursing Theory and Practice at Bart’s in London and the Editor of Nursing Older People journal.

Hazel is a seasoned campaigner for improving care for older people. She has given evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on the role of the nurse in long-term care and created the tool which determined NHS funding for long-term nursing in England.

Hazel’s work is widely published, she is an experienced conference presenter and has edited/co-edited six textbooks.


Independent Projects

  • Kings College London: EVIDEM (Evidence based Interventions in DEMentia Programme) researching into The Impact on Practitioners of the Mental Capacity Act (2008-2012)
  • Royal College of Nursing. Developing guidance on Older People living in Care Homes: Issues of Sex, Sexuality and Intimate Relationships (2008-2012).
  • Steering Committee Member.  Health Care in Care Homes, a British Geriatrics Society, Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Nursing Joint Project.
  • Also conducting interviews and focus groups for The Contribution of Health Professional Expertise to Health Care in Care Homes, a strand within the BGS et al Joint Project (2010-2011).
  • Department of Health working with the National Care Forum, English Community Care Association, Registered Nursing Homes Association and My Home Life disseminating messages from the National Dementia Strategy (2010-11)
  • King’s College London: PANICOA (Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Institutional Care of Older Adults). Research with Professor Jill Manthorpe to analyse existing data on elder abuse and make recommendations about ways to make better use of available information (2010-2011)
  • All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association. A National Study on the Role and Contribution of Registered Nurses in Residential Care for Older People. (2010).
  • King’s College London. Transitions from Cognitive Impairment to Dementia: Older People’s Experiences. Member of the Project Advisory Group (2009-2010).
  • Help the Aged, City University and National Care Homes Research and Development Forum: Developing ideas, writing and editing for My Home Life: Quality of Life in Care Homes: A review of the literature plus various workshops (2006-2009).
  • Department of Health: various projects 1997-2011.
  • UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. Project Manager for Exploring the professional, occupational and educational issues for registrants working outside the NHS (2000-2002).
  • Royal College of Nursing.  A range of projects over 20 years.

Current Appointments:

  • Independent Nurse Consultant for Older People (since 1995)
  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, City University London (since 2006)
  • Consultant Editor, Journal of Dementia Care (since 2006)
  • Editorial Board Member International Journal of Older People Nursing (since 2006)
  • Steering Committee Member Royal College of Nursing Older People Forum (since 2009)
  • Chair, R.C.N. Older People Forum (since 2011)

Previous Appointments include:

  • Editor Nursing Older People (2000-2006), Consultant Editor (1997-2000)
  • Honorary Nurse Advisor to the Elizabeth Finn Trust (2000-2004)
  • Chair, RCN Association for Nurses working with Older People (1995-1999)
  • Managing Editor Nursing Management (1995-1997)
  • Acting Editor Primary Health Care (1995)
  • Assistant Clinical Editor Nursing Standard (1995)
  • Lecturer in Older People’s Care, City University, London (1994-1995)
  • RCN Adviser on Nursing and Older People (1993-1994)
  • Senior Teacher in Nursing Theory and Practice, St Bartholomew’s College of Nursing and Midwifery, London (1991-1993)
  • Various education and clinical posts.
  • Various administrative and secretarial posts.

Published work: Textbooks

  • Neno R, Aveyard B, Heath H (2007) Older People and Mental Health Nursing: A Handbook of Care. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford.
  • Heath H, Watson R (2005) Older People: Assessment for Health and Social Care. Age Concern England.
  • Heath H, White I (2002) The Challenge of Sexuality in Health Care. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.
  • Heath H, Schofield I (1999) Healthy Ageing: Nursing Older People. Mosby/Times Mirror International Publications Limited, London.
  • Ford P, Heath H (1996) Older People and Nursing: Issues of Living in a Care Home. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford (Short-listed as Age Concern Book of the Year 1997 for the book which best promotes the wellbeing and understanding of older people).
  • Heath HBM (1995) Foundations in Nursing Theory and Practice. Mosby/Times Mirror International Publications Limited, London. (Five reprints).

Published work: Book Chapters

Eight chapters in multi-author books, most recently:

  • Heath H (2009) The Nurse’s Role in the Care of Older People. In Tabernacle B, Honey M, Jinks A (eds) Oxford Handbook of Nursing Older People. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Heath H (2009) Older People Nursing (Insights from Experts). In Levett-Jones T, Bourgeouis S (eds) The Clinical Placement: A Nursing Survival Guide (2nd edition). Balliere Tindall, Elsevier, Australia.

Published work: Monographs, guidance and tools

  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk (2013) RCN Publishing. London (contributing author)
    http://nursingstandard.rcnpublishing.co.uk/supplements/safeguarding-adults-at-risk
  • Rights, risks and responsibilities in service redesign for vulnerable groups: RCN Guidance (April 2013) Royal College of Nursing (contributing author).
    http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/518099/004378.pdf
  • Thompson R, Heath H (January 2013) Dementia: Commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings. Royal College of Nursing, London.
    http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/480269/004235.pdf
  • Sturdy D, Heath H, Ballard C, Burns A (2012) Antipsychotic drugs in dementia: A best practice guide for care homes and care professionals. RCN Publishing, London, March 2012.
  • Older people in care homes: sex, sexuality and intimate relationships. An RCN discussion and guidance document for the nursing workforce. Royal College of Nursing, London. (Author) Published October 2011. Publication Number 004 136. Available at:  http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/399323/004136.pdf
  • Quest for Quality: British Geriatrics Society Joint Working Party Inquiry into healthcare support for older people in care homes: A call for leadership, partnership and quality improvement. British Geriatrics Society, London. (Contributing author) Published June 2011. Available at: http://www.bgs.org.uk/campaigns/carehomes/quest_quality_care_homes.pdf
  • Heath H, Sturdy D and the British Society of Gerodontology Oral Health Working Group (2011) Promoting Older People’s Oral Health. Essential Guide. RCN Publishing, London.
  • Heath H, Sturdy D, Wilcock G (2010) Improving quality of care for people with dementia in general hospitals. RCN Publishing Ltd. Published with Nursing Standard, Nursing Older People and Hospital Doctor journals.
  • Heath H, Sturdy D, Cheesley A (2010) Discharge Planning: A summary of the Department of Health’s guidance Ready to go? Planning the discharge and the transfer of patients from hospital and intermediate care. RCN Publishing Ltd. Published with Nursing Standard and Nursing Older People.
  • Heath H, Sturdy D (2009) Living well with dementia in a care home: A guide to implementing the National Dementia Strategy. RCN Publishing Ltd. Published with Nursing Older People, Mental Health Nursing, Caring Times and Journal of Dementia Care.
  • Heath H, Sturdy D (2009) Nutrition and Older People. Published with Nursing Standard. 23, 40, June 10 2009.
  • Heath H, Sturdy D (2008) Safeguarding Vulnerable Older Adults: The Nursing Role.  Published with Nursing Standard June 2007.
  • Heath H (2000) NT Monograph. Sexuality in Older Age. Nursing Times Clinical Monographs No 40. London.
  • The RCN Assessment Tool: Nursing and Older People (co-author) (1997 and 2004) RCN, London.
  • What a Difference a Nurse Makes: Outcome Indicators in the Care of Older People (co-author) (1997 and 2004) RCN, London.

Published work: Journal Papers & Articles

Approximately 80, most recently:

  • Phair L, Heath H (2012) Safeguarding vulnerable older people in hospital. Nursing Standard. 27, 4, 50-56.
  • Phair L, Heath H (2012) Safeguarding adults at risk: Understanding neglect and how to promote care and compassion. Nursing Standard Special Focus. 27, 21, 30-41.
  • Heath H (2012) How to optimise the registered nurse contribution in care homes. Nursing Older People, 24, 2, 23-28.
  • Sturdy D, Heath H (2011) Economies of scale: the future of ageing. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 6, 4, 247-248.
    Published online: 14 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2011.00286.x
  • Samsi K, Manthorpe J, Nagendran T, Heath H (2011) Challenges and expectations of the Mental Capacity Act 2005: an interview-based study of community-based specialist nurses working in dementia care. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Published online 21November 2011. DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03912.x
  • Manthorpe J, Samsi K, Heath H, Charles N (2011) 'Early days': Knowledge and use of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 by care home managers and staff. Dementia. Published online 10 May 2011. DOI: 10.1177/1471301211403970
  • Heath H, Phair L (2011) Frailty and its significance in older people’s nursing. Nursing Standard. 26, 3, 50-55.
  • Heath H (2011) Older people in care homes: sexuality and intimate relationships. Nursing Older People. 23, 6, 14-20.
  • Heath H (2011) The essence of expertise in care for older people – nurses, doctors and teamwork. International Journal of Older People Nursing 6.1.1-2.
  • Phair L, Heath H (2010) Neglect of older people in formal care settings part two: new perspectives on investigation and factors determining whether neglect has taken place. Peer reviewed policy and practice paper. Journal of Adult Protection. 12, 4, 6-15.
  • Phair L, Heath H (2010) Neglect of older people in formal care settings part one: new perspectives on definition and the nursing contribution to multi-agency safeguarding work: Peer reviewed research paper. Journal of Adult Protection. 12, 3, 5-13.
  • Heath H (2010) Outcomes from the work of Registered Nurses working with older people in UK Care Homes. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 5, 2, 116-127.
  • McCormack B, Heath H (2010) Outcomes from gerontological nursing: considering person-centredness. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 5, 2, 81-82.
  • Heath H (2009) Private function: the nurse’s role in helping older people to use the toilet. Nursing Standard. 24, 2, 42-47.
  • Heath H, Phair L (2009) The concept of frailty and its significance in the consequences of care of neglect for older people: an analysis. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 4, 120-131.  
  • Heath H, Phair L (2009) Shifting the focus: Outcomes of care for older people. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 4, 142-153.
  • Owen T, Meyer J, Bentley J, Heath H, Goodman G (2008) Better partnership between care homes and the NHS: Findings from the My Home Life Programme. Journal of Care Services Management. 3, 1, 96-106.
  • Heath H, Ford P (2007) Clarifying the confusion over continuing care. Practice Nursing. 18, 4, 172-176.
  • Heath H, Sturdy D (2007) Keeping older people safe. Nursing Standard . 40, 20.
  • Heath H, Phair L (2007) Emerging Agendas. Nursing Older People, 19, 5, 16-17.
  • Meyer J, Heath H, Holman C, Owen T et al (2006) Moving from victim blaming to an appreciative inquiry: exploring quality of life in care homes. Quality in Ageing. 7, 4, 27-36.
  • Heath H (2006) The gift of understanding: Behind closed doors. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 1, 4, 250.
  • Heath H (2006) No substitute for nurses. Nursing Standard. 21, 10, 19-21.
  • Heath H (2006) Progress and variety (Reporting on a feasibility study reviewing existing specialist nurse schemes and links to health and social services for older people). Nursing Older People. 18, 5, 16-18.
  • Heath H (2006) Mixing generalism and specialism (editorial). Nursing Older People, 18, 5, 3.
  • Heath H (2006) Older people in primary care. Primary Health Care. 16, 3, 18-20.
  • Heath H, Watson R (2006) Assessing older people for health and functioning. Nursing & Residential Care. 8, 8, 349-351.
  • Heath H, Watson R (2006) Assessing older people for living in a care homes. Nursing & Residential Care. 8, 7, 309-312.

Conference Presentations

  Over 40 including:

  • Poor care or neglect? With Lynne Phair and Jill Manthorpe. King's College London, February 8 2012.
  • Older people in care homes: sex, sexuality and intimate relationships. RCN Conference. Older people's Nursing: Current Challenges and Future Potentials. Manchester Conference Centre. March 20 2012.
  • Older people in care homes: sex, sexuality and intimate relationships. Sexual Health Research and Practice Development Conference. Greenwich. March 28 2012.
  • Nurses as pioneers: doing without the ritual drug round and trolley. Nurses Matter in Dementia Care: Journal of Dementia Care Conference. University of Surrey, Guildford. April 26 2012.
  • What a difference a nurse makes: The expertise and contribution of registered nurses to care for older people. A celebration of Nurses Day. Presentation to Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust  May 12th 2011.

  • High Quality Health Care in Care Homes. Royal College of Nursing Congress, Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool,April 11th 2011.
  • Voice, Choice and Control: What people with high support needs really want from their care home services. Older People’s Care Congress, Manchester, March 22nd 2011.
  • The role of the registered nurse in long-term care for older people in UK. International Symposium on Care of the Elderly. University of Toronto, Canada. February 2011.
  • Models that value the contribution of Registered Nurses: Ireland. With Professor Brendan McCormack. International Symposium on Care of the Elderly. University of Toronto, Canada. February 2011.
  • The role and contribution of registered nurses in residential care for older people in Ireland: Findings from a National Study. Presentation to the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association Masterclass. Dublin. October 18th 2010.
  • The role and contribution of registered nurses in residential care for older people. Presentation to the annual conference of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association. Limerick. Ireland. June 3rd 2010.
  • The enhanced role of the nurse in care homes. Presentation to Royal College of Physicians and British Geriatrics Society, London, June 30th 2009.
  • What’s in a label? Normal complications of old age – poor care – or neglect? With Lynne Phair. Presentation to National Care Homes Congress. Birmingham, June 24th 2009.
  • Poor Care, neglect or ‘just one of those things’? With Lynne Phair. Presentation to Action on Elder Abuse Conference. Nottingham, March 24th 2009.
  • People with dementia in formal care settings: addressing the complexities to promote best care and prevent neglect. With Lynne Phair. Presentation to the 4th UK Dementia Congress. Harrogate, November 2009.
  • Chair of the Older People Programme. Primary Care 2006-2009. NEC, Birmingham. Sterling Events.

Qualifications:

  • PhD: The work of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants with older people in nursing homes: can the outcomes be distinguished? (2006)
  • Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice (Care of Older People) (1994)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Older People: Awarded with First Class Honours (1989)
  • Diploma in Nursing, London University (Speciality Medical Nursing) (1983)
  • English National Board Certificate in Nursing Older People (Course 941) (1986)
  • Certificate in Education (Distinction) (1985)
  • Further Education Teacher’s Certificate (Distinction) (1983)
  • Registered as a General Nurse (1979)
  • Registered as a Clinical Nurse Teacher (1983)
  • Registered as a Nurse Tutor (1985)

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