Helen is Head of Interprofessional Education in the faculty. She qualified as a Registered Nurse/Registered Sick Children's Nurse in 1987 in Sheffield. During 15fifteen years clinical experience, she predominantly practised as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse, specialising in Orthopaedics and Radiology at Sheffield Children's Hospital. This is where her interest in interprofessional education began through her role as Professional Development & Education Advisor for the trust. Her role also included trainer for the Area Child Protection Committee in the region. Helen moved into Higher Education in 2002
Helen leads the interprofessional education in the faculty. She joined Sheffield Hallam University on secondment in 2002 and undertook a permanent position in 2003. Helens secondment was training advisor in a Department of Health Modernising Professional Education Project team- Forging Ahead. This was a ‘first wave’ site for the modernising of allied health professions education funding stream. Forging Ahead’s focus was in supporting interprofessional practice in three practice-based pilot sites and curriculum development within the faculty. During this period Helen developed a greater appreciation of blended learning and technology enhanced learning and the benefits this has on stimulating student engagement and interaction if supported sufficiently.
Throughout this project Helen was also involved with the three year Creating an Interprofessional Workforce initiative (CIPW). CIPW originated within and was funded by the Department of Health from 2004 as a result of positive outcomes emerging from the funded projects. Its purpose was to drive mainstreaming the development of interprofessional education across the then Strategic Health Authorities in England.
The Forging Ahead project positioned the faculty to be successful in attaining funding for two further collaborative initiatives. The Centre for Interprofessional e-Learning (CIPeL - 2005-2010) was a HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), one of 74 such programmes funded across England. Helen was appointed Associate Director in the CIPeL Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning which was collaboration between Sheffield Hallam and Coventry University. The major aim of this CETL was to provide solutions to the implementation of wide scale, mandatory, credit bearing IPE.
As Associate Director Helen mentored academic staff seconded to the CIPeL team to develop stimulating and innovative teaching and learning material. Helen also combined this role with the faculty role of Collaborative Quality Co -Coordinator. On completion of the project Helen became Interprofessional Education Lead and then Head of Interprofessional Education in 2012.
Student Engagement Professional Learning and Development
Facilitating Distance Learning Technology Enhanced Learning
Service Improvement Service User Involvement
Allied Health Professions
Health And Wellbeing
Interprofessional Education Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Interprofessional Education Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Currently undertaking Doctorate in Education
February 2015 - June 2016 - University Project Lead.
HEI Challenge for Patient Supported Quality Improvement in Education and Health Care. East Midlands Academic Health Science Network Higher Education Strategic Liaison Forum East Midlands HEI Challenge Award
April 2005 - April 2010
Associate Director, Centre for Interprofessional e- Learning Collaboration with Coventry University
September 2002- July 2004
Staff Development Coordinator - Forging Ahead Project Team. Department of Health Modernising Professional Education Project
Bywater, H. Walsh, C, Fegan, C. Nurse Education Today Conference: Cambridge 2013. Symposium - Developing resilience amongst teachers of interprofessional education.
Bywater, H (2006) Maintaining Interprofessional Learning in Practice Placements – Online Learning Sets. Presentation at PIPE Conference, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 3 July 2006
Booth, K & Bywater, H (2007) Can Cultures be Crossed via Interprofessional e-Learning. Workshop presented at EIPEN 2007 conference, Jagiellonian University, Poland, 12-14 September 2007
Bywater, H & Bluteau, P (2007) Putting the Ease into e-Learning. Workshop presented at HEA Festival of Learning, Royal College of Physicians, London, 27-29 March 2007
Bywater, H & Gordon, F (2007) Interprofessional Capability – Assessing readiness for promoting collaborative working in health and social care. Poster presentation at HEA Festival of Learning, Royal College of Physicians, London, 27-29 March 2007
Bywater, H & Gordon, F (2007) Putting the Ease into e-Learning. Workshop by invitation at University of Chester 5th Annual Staff Conference, University of Chester, 1 June 2007
Gordon, F. Bywater, H. Myles, K.. (2007) The Student Experience of Interprofessional eLearning. Presentation at the HEA Interprofessional Education Special Interest Group, Sheffield Hallam University. 8th June 2007
Gordon, F. Bywater, H. Booth, K. Miller, L. (2007) CIPeL's International Connections. International Innovation and Enterprise Conference. Sheffield Hallam University. July 2007
Gordon, F. Bywater, H. Miller, L. (2007) The Patient at the Heart of the Interprofessional curriculum. European Foundation for Quality in eLearning. Annual Members Meeting, Sheffield Hallam University. 16 May 2007
Gordon, F. Booth, K. Bywater, H (2008) e-Learning and Interprofessional Instructional Design: The perspectives of educational practitioners. Paper presented at All Together Better Health, Sweden 2-5 June 2008
Gordon, F. Bywater, H. Smith, S & Miller, L (2008) Can e-Learning achieve international re-usability in context of interprofessional learning? Workshop presented at All Together Better Health, Sweden 2-5 June 2008
Gordon, F. Booth, K. Bywater H. (2010) Involving service users through digital means to enhance interprofessional learning. In Bromage, A. Clouder, L. Gordon, F.
Thistlethwaite, J. (eds.) Interprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative Work: Practices and Technologies. Hershey, PA. IGI Global.
Gordon, F. Booth, K. Bywater H. (2010) Pedagogical directions in creating interprofessional e-learning materials. In Bromage, A. Clouder, L. Gordon, F. Thistlethwaite, J. (eds.) Interprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative Work: Practices and Technologies. Hershey, PA. IGI Global.
Gordon, F. Booth, K. Bywater, H. (2010) Developing an e-Pedagogy for interprofessional Learning: lecturers’ thinking on curriculum design. Journal of Interprofessional Care. Vol. 24, No5. 536-548
Gordon, F. Bywater, H (2012) Bad news travels: how appreciative inquiry methodology can explode myths around students’ perceptions of interprofessional education. Paper presented at All Together Better Health, Japan 5-8 Oct 2012
External examiner for Coventry University and University of Warwick Interprofessional Learning Pathway