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Helen Franks

Senior Lecturer


  • I am a registered nurse and Health Visitor, with a qualification in Family Planning. I am a qualified teacher with 21 years of experience working in higher education. I am also a qualified Consellor and practice on a voluntary basis for three hours per week.
  • I have a particular interest in public health and evidence based practice and have experience of research both in the UK and Australia at national level.
  • I am particularly interested in research looking at effective practice outcomes and also developing the requisite skills for advance practice roles in the field of nursing.
  • I have experience as a critical reviewer and external examiner/verifier and I am currently studying ILM 5 coaching & mentoring practice.


  • Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies 'top up' degree (formerly known as Enhancing Professional Health Care Practice),
  • Module team member Critially Exploring Professional Practice, Evidence Based Practice for Patient Care,
  • Dissertation supervisor.

Teaching interests 

  • Public Health,
  • Evidence Based Practice,
  • Professional Preparation for Advancing Nursing Practice,
  • Counselling Skills and Practice.

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
  • Family Planning Nurse ENB
  • MSc Health Promotion
  • PG Dip Health Visiting
  • PG Cert Education (HE)
  • PG Diploma (Distinction) Counselling & Psychotherapy (Accredited)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health
  • Member of the BACP
  • Member of the RCN
  • Senate University of Salford (Elected)
  • Branch Secretary for Salford Branch of UCU (Elected)


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.

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.

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