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Research interests

Helen’s speciality is FASD and alcohol in pregnancy and as a result she has a national profile and collaborates with NICE, Public Health England, Balance and multiple universities across the UK. She is a founding member of the UK FASD Research Collaboration which endeavours to foster increased collaboration and sharing of information between groups researching into the areas of prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as well as to lobby for increased provision of research funding in this area. Helen is part of a region team who provide training and education to families and all health, social care, education and criminal justice related professionals.

Helen’s growing portfolio of research has motivated her PhD by Publication entitled ‘Exploring the feasibility and clinical effectiveness of antenatal alcohol screening to clinicians, pregnant women and their partners.’ Better Births, Local Maternity System now incorporates this new evidence to drive changes in practice throughout the region and nationally, with the primary objective to help prevent future harm and improve the outcomes of women and their babies. 

Biography

Helen Howlett is a dual registered Nurse and Midwife. She has the benefit of diverse clinical experience gained in variety of specialties over three decades of nursing and midwifery. She has managed several multidisciplinary teams and from this, learned and embedded many effective and innovative professional practices. Helen has a proven track record of building on the success of an organisation and developing research culture, capacity, and practice. Helen won the prestigious NIHR 70@70 Nurse and Midwife Research Leadership Award as a result of her work embedding a research culture across the NHS. She also won the NIHR Green Shoots award in recognition of her work as Principle Investigator on reproductive health clinical trials. Helen’s clinical background and her active research and educational roles means that she is familiar with the landscape and strategic imperatives within which academia, the NIHR and NHS operate.

She has experience of educating and training nurses, midwives and doctors at all levels to develop their research skills, to support practice development, professional education and to maintain clinical excellence. Helen is also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Hypnobirthing.  

 

Education/Academic qualification

Nursing, MA (Hons), Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Oct 2014

Midwifery, BSc (Hons), Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Apr 1998

Nursing, DipHE, Northumbria University

Award Date: 2 Sep 1996

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