Helen Bell

Helen Bell


  • 2.12 Edith Cavell Building

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Personal profile


I have been a Registered Nurse for 25 years working in General Surgery and Intensive Care in the UK, Canada and the USA. As a Flight Lieutenant in the Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service, I served in Sierra Leone, Western Africa, as an Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Officer worldwide, and as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and the RCDM, University of Central England. I have worked a nurse lecturer for 20 years undertaking various roles in including the Director of Admissions and continue to teach and engage in critical care nursing.


Admissions and recruitment issues for nursing, midwifery and operating department practice.


2001                       Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Nursing Officer, Royal Air Force

2000                       RAF Officer, Cranwell, Royal Air Force

2000                       MSc. module in Health Law, University of East Anglia

1997                       MSc Nursing, RCN, University of Manchester

1994                       Postgraduate Certificate Education of Adults and RNT, University of Surrey

1991                       Canadian Critical Care Certificate

1988                       4 year BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies and RGN, University of Surrey


Teaching Interests

My interests include all aspects of critical care nursing, applied physiology, nutrition, resuscitation, trauma and orthopaedics, and pharmacology. I am Module Organiser to the post-registration/post-graduate modules in Intensive Care and Orthopaedics and Trauma which are attended by various health professionals including nurses, paramedics, and ODPs. I engage with clinical areas at the Norfolk and Norwich Foundation Trust Hospital including the Surgical Emergency Assessment Unit and the Trauma and Orthopaedics Department, and regional Critical Care Units. With 10 years of experience in admissions, I am passionate about promoting careers in health and the recruitment of well motivated, highly qualified health students.

External Activities

  • I have undertaken consultation work with Qualifications Curriculum Agency in London to develop the Diploma in Society, Health and Development, the Strategic Health Authority on Recruitment and Selection standards, and regional Access Course providers on the development and re-validation of Access to HE programmes.
  • I have been a reviewer for the journal ‘Nursing in Critical Care’ and reviewed books for various publishers.
  • I am Link Lecturer to various clinical areas at the Norfolk and Norwich Foundation Trust Hospital including the Surgical Emergency Assessment Unit, and the Trauma/ Orthopaedics Department, and regional Critical Care Units.
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing.
  • Member of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

I am very interested in research related to health. As a researcher, I have undertaken several small scale studies as part of academic awards including a quantitative approach to study the nutritional assessment of hospital patients receiving Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). I have used qualitative methods to study the impact of lecturers’ clinical credibility in relation to student learning and phenomenological approaches to explore the lived experience of novice intensive care nurses. My PhD thesis focused on the factors that contribute to success in pre-registration nurse education using multiple qualitative case studies as presented at the 13th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science, Austria.


Clancy, J. and McVicar, A.J. (eds) (1998) Nursing Care. A Homeostatic Casebook. Case Studies –various.  Arnold.
Clancy, J. and McVicar, A.J. (2009) Physiology and Anatomy for Nurses and Health Care Practitioners: A Homeostatic Approach. Case Study – Asthma. Third Edition. Arnold.