Helen Franks

Senior Lecturer

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  • E: h.franks@salford.ac.uk
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Helen Franks is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science at the University of Salford. Helen has over 21 years of experience of working in higher education and is a Registered Nurse and Health Visitor, with a qualification Family Planning.  

Helen has an academic interest in public health and evidence based practice an has experience both in England and Australia at national level and is particuarly interested in research looking at effective practice outcomes and also developing the requisite skills for advance practice roles in the field of nursing. Helen has experience as a critical reviewer and external examiner/verifier and is currently studying both counselling and coaching practice.


  • Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Enhancing Professional Health Care
  • Practice Module team member L6 Public Health, Theory, Policy & Practice; L7 CEPP, Evidence for Practice
  • Dissertation supervisor

Research Interests

  • Health
  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Education
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Nurse Education
  • Developing Advanced Nursing Practice

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Health Visitor ENB 901
  • MSc Health Promotion Post Grad Cert Education
  • PG Cert Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Public Health
  • Senate member (Elected) UoS
  • Branch Secretary UCU (Elected) UoS


Franks, H. (2014). 'The contribution of nurse consultants in England to the public health leadership agenda', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23(23-24), pp.3434-3448.

Franks, H., & Howarth, M. (2012). 'Daring to be Different: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Education Needs of the Nurse Consultant', Nurse Education Today, 32, pp.406-411.

Franks, H., & Howarth, M. (2012). ' Being an effective nurse consultant: What does it take?.' Journal of Nursing Management, 20, pp.847-857.

Franks, H. Hardiker, N R. McGrath, M., McQuarrie, C. (2012). 'Public health interventions and behaviour change: Reviewing the grey literature ', Public Health, 126(1).pp12-17.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2011.09.023

Ball, E. Franks, H.  Leigh, J. Jenkins, M., &  McGrath, M. (2009) 'Annotation is a valuable tool to enhance learning and assessment in student essays ', Nurse Education Today, 29(3), pp.284-291.

Franks, H & C, M 2007, 'Establishing nursing student confidence in using key library facilities in a Higher Education institution for students studying under the 'Making a Difference' curriculum at a University in England', Nurse Education in Practice, 7 (4), pp.195-198.

Postgraduate research

VC Scholarship