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Helen Franks

Senior Lecturer

Biography

  • 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.

Teaching

  • 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)

Publications

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.

Complete lists

http://usir.salford.ac.uk/profile/9240