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Helen Monks

Helen Monks RN, RSCN, Dip PSN, BSc, RNT, MSc, FHEA

Senior Lecturer


I am the course leader for the pre-registration MSc in Nursing. This course leads to Registration as a nurse within Adult, Mental Health or Children's nursing. My role is to ensure that students have a good experience of education and placement in order to prepare them for this. I am an experienced senior lecturer and have held numerous roles within nurse education. I have a research interest in the subjective nature of assessment of student nurses in the practice environment and am currently undertaking my PhD in this subject.


I am an experienced children's nurse with a clinical background in acutely ill and injured children, general surgery and plastic surgery. I have held various roles within University such as module leader, admissions lead and have helped to develop, write and deliver several curricula. I have also acted as an external examiner for 4 years at Teesside University.

Specialism: Subjectivity in Assessment of competence.


I enjoy teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students anything related to caring for acutely ill or injured children, family centred care, reflective practice, ethics and psychology. I am passionate about helping students to make the link between theory and practice and to gain confidence to perform in their roles as nurses. As such, I take great pride in the academic support I give to them during their studies. Their achievements on the programme are incredible to witness and it is a real pleasure to be involved in their journey.

Pre-Registration Programme

Post Registration Mentorship Course

Post Graduate Diploma


My PhD is looking at the nature of assessment in practice. I will be interviewing nurses, children and their families to ask what they think is important in the assessment of student nurses. I'm very interested in children's views and empowering them to have a say in their healthcare. I am also part of a research team here at Sheffield Hallam who are working with the Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. The Charity funds specialist nurses for children and families and we are looking at the impact they have.



Nightingale, J., Urquhart-Kelly, T., Saunders, L., Monks, H., Ali, N., Ibbotson, R., & Lewis, R. (2021). 'Marvellous Nurses': An independent evaluation of the role, impact and contribution of Roald Dahl specialist nurses. Roald Dahl's Marvellous Charity.

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