Summary: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing
Location: Baines Wing
With a professional background in nursing, Helen has over 25 years international experience of working at the interface of policy and practice across the statutory, voluntary and private healthcare sectors.
Her main academic and research interests’ focus upon the development and use of pragmatic, research informed translational methodologies, which enable clinical teams to make sense of their world and to develop practice through building knowledge and skills to improve patient care.
She is currently undertaking her PhD to explore the construct of curiosity and its role in developing clinical practice. Helen has been commissioned by a cross section of organisations to assist clinical teams to own and engage in clinically led improvement processes.
In utilising a variety of developmental and educational approaches including Action Research, Reflective Practice, Whole Systems Practice Development, Facilitation, Coaching and Appreciative Inquiry, most recent commissions have included:- Health Service Executive (Republic of Ireland), South West Yorkshire Older Peoples Services, South East Essex Mental Health Partnership, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Partnership Foundation Trust and Liverpool Women’s Foundation Trust.
Helen is also currently leading the knowledge transfer elements of a Knowledge Transfer Research Partnership funded by the Technology Strategy Board and the Dept. Health., which involve clinical team and service user co-production techniques to develop innovations in Mental Health employment models.
She has been the recipient of two prestigious awards for leading practice development initiatives and influencing practice change in the USA and for leading service developments for learning disability and palliative care in Malaysia.
Helen has held various director and executive level posts and worked in conjunction with organisations such as the Malaysian Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation and the Canadian Government to secure high level support to initiate policy and sustain healthcare improvements.
Currently Deputy Director of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer for the School of Healthcare, Helen holds executive responsibility to link the value cycles between research, teaching, innovation and knowledge transfer and strategically lead a diverse range of activities with her academic colleagues to achieve this.
She also acts as a strategic advisor on practice led improvement and implementation methodologies to three UK Healthcare Trusts and is mentor to the Regional Vice President of Quality at Abrazo Health Systems, Arizona USA.