Helen Howlett

Senior Lecturer

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. 



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • MA (Hons), Nursing, Northumbria University

    Professional Practice in Leadership and Management

  • BSc (Hons), Midwifery, Northumbria University


  • DipHE, Nursing, Northumbria University


Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse and Midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

    15 Sep 1992 -