Helen Elliott

Dr Helen Elliott EdD, PGCert, MSc, RGN, RSCN, RHV, BSc, BSc (Hons)

Academic Portfolio Lead

Helen started her training as a registered nurse at Barnet School of Nursing. She has consistently developed her knowledge around healthcare practice by undertaking a range of training opportunities to become a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse and Registered Health Visitor. Helen has continuously built on her experience by working in various general hospitals as a staff nurse, ward sister and ward manager over many years. She has managed the paediatric outpatient department at Kings College Hospital and worked for many years as a health visitor within the local community. Helen also managed the Newborn Hearing Screening programme for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham and as a Placement Development Manager for South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

Helen completed her MSc Education in 2012 and PGCert Higher Education at the University of Greenwich in 2013.
Helen joined the University of Greenwich as a Senior Lecturer, focusing on teaching the Health Visiting and School Nursing students. Also, Helen has taught district nursing and pre-registration nursing programmes. Helen teaches health promotion, health visiting theory and practice, leadership, domestic abuse and qualitative research studies. Helen has supervised students undertaking their dissertations at undergraduate and at the master’s level.

Soon after starting at the University, Helen undertook her Doctorate in Education and graduated in October 2019. Helen’s thesis focused on Health visitors and their routine enquiry into domestic abuse.  Since completing her Doctorate, Helen has been supervising PhD students in their thesis studies.

In September 2019, Helen was appointed Academic Portfolio Lead at the University of Greenwich. In this role, Helen leads the Public Health Practice team of Senior Lecturers and Teaching Fellows in District Nursing, Health Visiting, Speech and Language therapy, Practice Nursing and Nursing Associates.

Helen took on the additional role as Programme Lead (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) in April 2020.

Posts held previously:

  • 2019 Academic Portfolio Lead/ SCPHN Programme Lead (April 2020) Current
  • 2018 Research Champion (Health Visiting) - National Institute of Health Research/Institute of Health Visiting - Current
  • 2013   Senior Lecturer- University of Greenwich- Current
  • 2008-2013 Placement Development Manager, Oxleas and SLHT
  • 2006-2008 Local Coordinator Newborn Hearing Programme, LSL
  • 1998-2006 Health Visitor, Lewisham
  • 1996-1997 Community Children’s Nurse, Lewisham
  • 1995-1996 Children’s Outpatient’s Manager, Kings College Hospital
  • 1993-1995 Ward Manager, Queen Mary’s Hospital
  • 1991-1993 Junior Sister, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  • 1984-1998 Student nurse training and Staff nursing positions


Peer Reviewer:

  • International Journal of Palliative Nursing - Since 2017
  • Journal of Health Visiting, 2013-present
  • Member Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • External panel member for approval event 2015: Primary Care Nursing, Anglia Ruskin
  • Conference Chair, The 8th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium: Engaging with the government’s renewed strategy to end domestic violence and abuse. Public Policy Exchange, London, July 2016
  • Conference Chair, Prevention and early intervention for children 0-5: The new public health role of local authorities, Public Policy Exchange, London, June 2016

Research / Scholarly interests

Helen’s research interest is on health professionals’ interventions around domestic violence and abuse. Helen’s thesis focused on ‘An examination of the factors that inform Health Visitors’ effective identification and support of women experiencing domestic violence and abuse’.
Helen was appointed ‘Research Champion’ for North Thames Region in 2018. This role is a joint appointment with the Institute of Health Visiting and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to raise the profile of research among Health Visitors.

Recent publications


Bhairo, Rachael and , Elliott, Helen (2018), Encouraging breastfeeding: the role of fathers. MA Healthcare. In: , , , . MA Healthcare, Journal of Health Visiting, 6 (6) . pp. 290-301 ISSN: 2050-8719 (Print), 2052-2908 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.12968/johv.2018.6.6.290).

Elliott, Helen and , (2016), Barriers to disclosure of domestic violence and abuse in health visiting. MA Healthcare Ltd.. In: , , , . MA Healthcare Ltd., Journal of Health Visiting, 4 (7) . pp. 354-359 ISSN: 2050-8719 (Print), 2052-2908 (Online) (doi: http://www.journalofhealthvisiting.com/cgi-bin/go.pl/library/article.cgi?uid=107718;article=hv_4_7_354_359) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Elliott, Helen and , (2021), Public health nurses: in the identification of domestic violence and abuse.. In: 4th European Conference on Domestic Violence, 13th- 15th September, Online from Slovenia , . , (doi: http://ecdv-ljubljana.org/) NB Item availability restricted.

Elliott, Helen and , (2021), Public health nurses: the identification of domestic violence and abuse. In: 8th Edition of the virtual conference on Nursing Education and Practice. International conference- Nursing congress, 15th-16th July 2021, Webinar , . , (doi: ).

Elliott, Helen and , (2018), Domestic abuse: Fertility nurses update. In: Contemporary challenges in Fertility Nursing II Supporting the patient journey, 17th March 2018, Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, 20 Cavendish Square, London , . , (doi: ).

Elliott, Helen and , (2018), Recognising domestic abuse in a fertility setting. In: Contemporary challenges in Fertility Nursing II Supporting the patient journey, 17th March 2018, Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, 20 Cavendish Square, London , . , (doi: ).

Elliott, Helen and , (2015), Domestic violence and abuse: Taking the leadership role. In: 3rd Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference, 12-13th March 2016, Royal College of Physicians London UK , . , . pp. 1-1 (doi: ).

Elliott, Helen and , (2015), Domestic violence and abuse: Are you asking the question?. In: Domestic violence and abuse: Are you asking the question?, 17th June 2015, University of Worcester , . , (doi: ).