Helen qualified as a general nurse in 1978 and worked in the NHS in various staffing roles, latterly sister/ward manager and then in clinical teaching roles until 1987. She completed her BSc in Sociology at the LSE in 1990 and then qualified as a nurse tutor in 1992. Helen has worked in nurse teaching since that time. She continued in practice part-time until 1999 when she completed her PhD entitled ‘Sister will see you now’ – an ethnographic study of a fertility clinic. Helen worked in teaching roles at Bloomsbury College of Nursing and Midwifery, London, the Royal College of Nursing and South Bank University. She held a research role at the University of Surrey before taking up her Chair at York in 2013.
Helen's research interests are in qualitative methods and methodology, philosophy of science, feminism, women’s health, nursing and nurse education.