Helen Francis will be speaking at our Pinnacle nursing conference on 28 November, please ensure you register your attendance.
Helen trained as a general nurse at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in the 1980’s. After a stint as a staff nurse on an oncology unit, she undertook her shortened mental health nurse training.
From there, the rest of her career has been spent in the community and primary care setting. She worked as a community RN, did her district nurse training, and then worked as a DN and DN co-ordinator, with a special interest in terminal care and care of people with HIV/AIDS. During that time she did her BSc(Hons) in Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire, one day a week over four years.
After falling in love with a Kiwi she moved to New Zealand in 1985. She completed her Masters in Nursing via distance learning at Deakin University and worked as a community liaison officer for Alzheimers Napier. In 2007 she started working at The Hastings Health Centre, the largest practice in Aotearoa. There she had various roles over ten years as pockets of funding emptied including case management of DHB frequent flyers, long-term conditions nurse specialist, quality and performance manager and acting CEO. She was an elected member of Hawke’s Bay DHB for 12 years as well as being an elected trustee on the Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers’ Trust.
While working at HHC she completed her PhD at Massey: How do people with multiple long-term health conditions experience the self-management approach to healthcare?
After a time exploring options of working as a contractor, Helen started working at the Ministry of Health as a senior advisor in the Primary Care Team, and now holds the position of principal advisor.