Vic Rayner OBE has been awarded an honorary professorship at City, University of London, where My Home Life England is based.
A widely-respected expert in the field of care, Rayner is CEO of the National Care Forum (NCF), the leading association for not-for-profit care providers. Rayner also contributes to multiple strategic groups with a focus on the social care workforce, digital transformation, new models of care and regulation. In 2021, Rayner received an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the social care sector.
Through her Honorary Professorship, Rayner will be located in the School of Health and Psychological Sciences and will support My Home Life England as we start implementing the next phase of our work through our new strategy. My Home Life England is an evidence-based, research-informed initiative, part of City, University of London, that works to promote positive practice and improve quality of life for those living, visiting and working in care homes and other care settings.
My Home Life England’s new strategy supports the translation of research into practice. It places emphasis on supporting leadership within the care sector, research, community engagement and providing bespoke support to local care providers to take forward quality improvement. This is against the backdrop of the increasing challenges care settings are facing and the introduction of new quality statements by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Vic Rayner said:
“I was very pleased to receive this honorary professorship which will enable me to work more closely with colleagues at City, University of London. It is very valuable for adult social care provision to work in partnership with academia as we grapple with the many changes that face those receiving care and support, working in the sector and managing services. Evidence based approaches to working in care are vital, and My Home Life England is an exemplar of putting research into practice. I look forward to exciting times ahead.”
Tom Owen, Director of My Home Life England, said:
“We are delighted that we are able to work closely with Vic to ensure that My Home Life England is delivering the research, services and consultancy support that the care sector needs at this very challenging time. In particular we have developed an offer directly for provider organisations.”
Debra Salmon, Dean of the School of Health and Psychological Sciences at City, University of London, said:
“I’m delighted to support this appointment. The work of My Home Life England is a key element of our strategic priorities, including the translation of research into practice, social responsibility, promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals their families and wider communities and equality, diversity and inclusion.”
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