Dr Janet Holt

Dr Janet Holt

Senior Lecturer
Discovery Theme Leader: Ethics, Religion & Law
School of Healthcare Academic Lead for Scholarship

0113 343 1296

Summary: Academic Unit: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing

Location: Baines Wing

Teaching Commitments: Module Leader: HECS 5268M Ethics in Contemporary Health and Social Care; HECS 5008M Accrediting Learning from Study Days; HECS 3088 Patient Focused Palliative Care


Janet Holt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. She is a registered nurse and midwife with a BA(Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Leeds, an MPhil in Applied Philosophy from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Leeds.

In her PhD thesis, Janet examined the attitudes of UK nurses to active voluntary euthanasia. The thesis was runner up in the 2008 Royal College of Nursing Akinsanya award for innovation in doctoral studies.

She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Huddersfield and a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, (awarded with distinction) from the University of Leicester.

Janet has over fifteen years clinical experience as a nurse and midwife both in the UK and in Kenya as well as experience of working as a research midwife in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Leeds. Janet was one of the first Research and Development practitioners appointed at the Nursing Research and Practice Development Unit at St James’s University Hospital.

Janet’s career in education began with her appointment as a nurse teacher at Leeds College of Health where she established the Healthcare Ethics and Law team. Following integration into the University of Leeds in 1996, Janet was appointed as a lecturer in the new School of Healthcare Studies and led further developments in Healthcare Ethics and Law in the School. A member of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Janet was appointed chair of this committee in 2013 and also represents the RCN on the Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Janet was awarded a University Learning and Teaching Fellowship in 2011. External to the University, she is a member of the Committee of the National Association of Educators in Practice and has served as a Learning & Teaching Consultant in Health Sciences & Practice at the Higher Education Academy

Janet’s research interests and publications are within the disciplines of Healthcare Ethics and Law and Nursing Philosophy. She is a reviewer for a number of healthcare journals, a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Nursing Philosophy, a consultant editor for the journal Nursing Ethics and is currently chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society.

Janet is regularly invited to speak at conferences on ethical aspects of healthcare, and has facilitated many workshops and study days on ethics and law for healthcare professionals and in secondary schools in Leeds.

Janet is also interested in research ethics, and chairs the Faculty of Medicine and Health Research Ethics Committee. She is also an expert member and Chair of Bradford Leeds NHS Research Ethics Committee.