Dr Helen Gardner

Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing

Email address: h.e.gardner@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 518842 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Children and young peoples nursing


My teaching activities cover a broad remit of children and young people’s nursing. My teaching and research have a sound foundation in clinical practice and the research I conducted for my PhD was strongly practice-focused, with an emphasis on the psychosocial needs of children with a life-limiting condition and their families. The majority of my clinical career before moving into the HE sector was spent in Paediatric Intensive Care. I have 27 years of experience in the NHS and have also worked in a children’s hospice setting, where I still maintain some clinical hours. I have 15 years’ experience in higher education. My experience includes undergraduate pre-registration nursing, learning beyond registration (LBR), continuing professional development (CPD) and postgraduate teaching and supervision.

I also have experience of education administration in a previous role as programme director for an undergraduate nursing programme. My job satisfaction derives from enthusing and motivating students to learn and challenging them to reach their full potential. Throughout my career I have worked across as well as within teams, delivering shared modules with other professional groups and working in partnership with placement providers and service users. The values of widening participation and student support, in particular the support of those with identified disabilities to enable them to reach their full potential, underpin my work philosophy. I am committed to academic excellence, excellent student experience, effective team/partnership working and excellent nursing care of children and young people by the students who will eventually enter the workforce.

Membership of professional bodies

Royal College of Nursing

Higher Education Academy


PhD: Palliative surgical treatment of children with Single Ventricle Anatomy (SVA): understanding the experiences of survivors and their families. (PhD supported by Birmingham Children’s Hospital / BCU and conducted at Glyndŵr University. Degree awarded by the University of Wales), 2012

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (BCU), 2003

Postgraduate Certificate in Educational and Professional Development (BCU), 2002

MA Research Methodology with Distinction: Birmingham City University (BCU, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences), 2001

BSc (Hons) Child Health 2:1: Conducted at Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Institute, London. Degree awarded by University of Manchester , 1998

Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing, 1996



Chippendale, M. and Gardner, H. (2001) A model for implementing the “Scope of Professional Practice”. Journal of Child Health Care. 5(3) pp.105-110.

Gardner, H. (2000) Family-friendly policies. Paediatric Nursing. 12(9), p. 10.

Hutton, M. and Gardner, H. (2005) Calculation Skills. Paediatric Nursing. Supplement March 17(2).

Book review: Second edition of Safeguarding Children and Young People: a guide for nurses and midwives by Catherine Powell, published in Diversity in Health and Social Care, 2008, 5, 163-169.

Book proposal review (unpublished): Proposal reviewed for second edition of Manual of Neonatal and Paediatric Heart Disease by Fiona Horrox, Wiley-Blackwell publisher.

Gardner H and Randall D (2012) The effects of the presence or absence of parents on interviews with children. Nurse Researcher 19(2) 6-10.

Previous professional experience

Acorns Children’s Hospice, Bath Road, Worcs: Bank Staff Nurse (Concurrent with current post) - 2006 to Present.

University of Birmingham: Full-time Lecturer (Grade 8) Children’s Nursing - 07/2008 - 07/2015.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust: Part Time Staff Nurse (15 hours/month) - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (Concurrent with full-time HE post) - 03/2002 to 01/2005.

Birmingham City University: Full Time Senior Lecturer (Grade 8) and APL Advisor, Personal Development Centre - 01/2004 to 07/2008.

Birmingham City University:Full Time Senior Lecturer (Grade 8), Child Health - 12/2000 to 12/2003.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust: Full Time ‘G’ grade. Clinical Practice Facilitator - 06/1998 - 12/2000.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust: Full Time ‘G’ grade Sister Paediatric Intensive Care Unit - 08/1990 to 06/1998.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital: Part Time ‘F’ grade, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit - 07/1989 to 08/1990.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital: Part Time Staff Nurse, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit - 10/1988 to 07/1989.

Alexandra Hospital, Redditch: Part Time Staff Nurse,General Paediatrics - 06/1988 to 10/2008.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital: Part Time Staff Nurse, Infectious Diseases - 01/1988 to 06/1988.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital: Part Time Staff Nurse, PICU - 05/1984 to 01/1988.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital: Part Time Staff Nurse, Oncology and General Medicine * - 10/1980 to 02/1983.

Burton Road Hospital, Dudley: Full Time Staff Nurse, Out-Patient Department * - 11/1977 to 09/1978.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital: Full Time Staff Nurse, CAMHS - 08/1977 to 11/1977.


Further information

National   Aurora Women-only Leadership Development Programme – 4 development days &   1 Action Learning Set: London-based - 2014 to 2015

PROCESSFIX   3-day ‘process’ workshop University of Birmingham - 16-18 December, 2014

Advancing   equality in employment: 1-day conference University of Birmingham - 16/09/2014

European   Computer Driving License - 2008

Supervising   postgraduate research Birmingham City University - 2007