Dr Helen Convey


I am a registered nurse (adult feild and teacher). I worked as a clinical nurse before moving into education and I am an established lecturer in nursing, ethics & law. 

I am a Health Research Authoity, Research Ethics Committee, Expert Member. 

I have held the following internal positions:
  • Chair, School of Healthcare Research Ethics Committee (2017-2021)

  • Member, School of Healthcare Research Ethics Committee (2011-2017)

  • University Student Education Fellow (Developmental) 2013/14. Awarded for excellence in learning and teaching

  • School of Healthcare Professional Lead for Nursing (Adult) (2013 - 2014)

  • School of Healthcare Designated Officer for Student Professional Conduct (2008 – 2013)


and I have held the following external positions:

  • STaR (Supporting Transition and Retention of newly qualified nurses) Advisory Group Member (2018 – 2020) STaR Nurse Hull

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council Conduct and Competency Registrant Panellist (2013 – 2015)

  • External Examiner BA (Hons) Professional Practice (Nursing/Midwifery), Sheffeild Hallam University (2010 – 2014)


  • Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
  • Chair, School of Healthcare Fitness to Practise Panel
  • Subject Lead, Ethics and Law

Research interests

The focus of my PhD research was proxy decision making by non-professional, informal, unpaid carers, on behalf of individuals who are living with dementia

  • The aim was to understand the thinking of proxy deciders and to consider how carers who are proxy deciders can be supported
  • A scoping review and two empirical qualitative studies were undertaken
  • Thematic analysis, the framework approach and aplication of Construal Level Theory were used to analyse and interpret data

PhD Thesis Abstract


  • PhD, University of Leeds, 2021
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Leeds, 2009
  • MA, Health Care Ethics, University of Leeds, 1996
  • Diploma of Higher Education, Leeds College of Health, 1993

Student education

I teach ethics and law across a range of professional groups and academic levels. I am interested in facilitating critical thinking and discusion so that all perspectives can be explored and I plan my sessions to promote learner engagement. 

I also teach nursing content related to leading self, leading teams and leading services. This includes professioonal conduct and raising concerns, managing change and influencing policy. As part of my University Student Education Fellowship, I developed and implemented a learning and teaching strategy to support nursing students in their transition to registered practitioners and this work continues. 

Research groups and institutes

  • People, systems and services