Staff profile

Helen Clarke

Senior Lecturer BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Helen Clarke talking to a potential student at an Open Day




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Midwifery


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a senior lecturer on the BSc Mental Health Nursing programme. Prior to working at the University of Derby I was working as a Practice Learning Lead in a local NHS Trust. My clinical experience is in a variety of adult community mental health teams including early intervention in Psychosis and primary care team.

My interests include leadership, quality improvement, mental health assessment and primary care. I am passionate about training our future workforce to provide high-quality care to the people who access mental health services. I am also the academic lead for the apprenticeship route on the BSc mental health nursing programme. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am part of the stage three team so I teach across all modules in the third year. I module lead the leadership for transition to registration module. 

Professional interests

I have an interest in practice learning, community mental healthcare and leadership. 

Research interests

My research interests include leadership and transition to qualification.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council - As a registered nurse (Mental Health) and as registered nurse teacher
  • Fellow of Higher Education Authority


  • Bachelor of Nursing (2:1)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership
  • MSc in Health and Social Care (Distinction)

Recent publications

  • Whiffin, C.J., Clarke, H., Brundrett, H., Baker, D. and Whitehead, B., (2018). Collaborative development of an accelerated graduate entry nursing programme outside of traditional funding mechanisms. Nurse education in practice28, pp.314-317
  • Clarke. H. (2021). How pre-registration nursing students acquire delegation skills: A systematic literature review. Nurse Education Today, 106 (2021) 105096