Helen Bell

Helen Bell


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Personal profile


I have been a Registered Nurse for 35 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 30 years undertaking various roles in including the Director of Admissions and continue to teach and engage in critical care nursing.

Areas of Expertise

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

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.

Key Research Interests

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.


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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.