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Dr Helen Taylor

Principal Lecturer / Programme Lead: Health Sciences

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 7534


LLM - 2014

Barrister (Middle Temple) - 2008

Bar Vocational Course/Post Graduate Diploma Bar Vocational Studies - 2008

Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma Law - 2007

Doctor of Philosophy - 2005

Post Graduate Certificate Research Methods - 2002

Post Graduate Certificate in Education - 1994

BSc. (Hons) Nursing and Registered General Nurse qualification - 1991


Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


• Healthcare law and ethics

• Elder abuse

• Record keeping and documentation

• Clinical decision making and assessment processes

• Research/PhD supervision and examination



• Healthcare practitioners' knowledge, attitudes and practise in relation to the law surrounding the autonomy of older adults.

• Consent

• Clinical decision making

• Assessment processes

• Clinical negligence

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

• Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

• Member of the British Psychological Society




Taylor H. (2005) Assessing the nursing and care needs of older adults Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.

Book chapter

Taylor H. (2014) Legal aspects of palliative and end of life care. In: Nicol, J. and Nyatanga, B. (eds.) Palliative and end of life care in nursing. London, Sage Publishing (Learning Matters).

Taylor H. (2011) A caring moment with Margaret. In: Ghaye A, Lilleyman S (eds). When Caring is Not Enough: Examples of reflection in Practice. Quay Books, MA Healthcare Ltd. London: pp. 85 – 96.

Journal articles

Taylor H. (2016) What are ‘Best Interests’? A Critical Evaluation of ‘Best Interests’ decision-making in clinical practice. Medical Law Review. 24 (2) 176 – 205

Taylor H. (2015) Mental Capacity Act 1: Is the Mental Capacity Act fulfilling its aims? Nursing Times; 111: 26. 14 – 17.

Taylor, H. (2015) Mental Capacity Act 2005 2: Improving the efficacy of the Mental Capacity Act. Nursing Times; 111: 27. 20 – 23.

Taylor H. (2015) Legal and ethical issues in end of life care: implications for primary health care. Primary Health Care. 25, 4. 32 – 40.

Taylor H. (2014) Helping people with learning disabilities exercise their right to autonomy. Learning Disability Practice. 17, 7, 32-37.

Taylor H. (2014)Promoting a patient’s right to autonomy: implications for primary healthcare practitioners. Part 2. Primary Health Care. 24 (3), 34 - 40

Taylor H. (2014)Promoting a patient’s right to autonomy: implications for primary healthcare practitioners. Part 1. Primary Health Care. 24 (2), 36 - 41

Taylor H. (2013) Determining capacity to consent to treatment. Nursing Times. Vol. 109 (43) 12 – 14

Taylor H. (2013) What does consent mean in clinical practice? Nursing Times. Vol 109 (44) 30 - 32

Taylor H. (2007) “The case law of the European Court of Justice has had a far greater impact on the development of EC law than any of the various treaties. Discuss” The Law Student Journal. (In association with Pearson Longman).

Taylor H. (2003) “An exploration of the factors that affect nurses` record keeping.” British Journal of Nursing. 12, 12. 751-8

Taylor H. (2003) “It’s not what you do – it’s the way that you do it” Nursing Older People. 14, 10, 32

Taylor H.J. (2001) “Patients have a right to respect.” Nursing Times, 97, 50. 19

Taylor H.J. (1999) “Health education in primary schools: fulfilling the needs of Kelly and Jamie?” Primary Practice, No. 21, September. 33-35


Taylor H. (2015) Best interests in health and social care practice: what does the research say? University of Worcester in Association with the Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society Inaugural Conference for practitioners, academics and researchers in law, health and social care. University of Worcester. 2nd July.

Taylor H. (2015) The Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Compliance in Clinical Practice? Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference. Warwick. 31 March – 2 April.

Taylor, H. (2015) Ten years on: how far does the Mental Capacity Act 2005 uphold the rights of individuals with impaired decision making capacity? Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society Quarterly Lecture Series (Invited guest speaker) Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference. Warwick. 31 March – 2 April.

Taylor H. (2014) Ethics – finding your way through. Royal College of General Practitioners and University of Worcester Annual Research and Innovation Symposium. University of Worcester. June 26th 2014.

Taylor H. (2014) Almost seven years since enactment of the Mental Capacity Act 2005: the age of enlightenment in clinical practice? Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference. Aberdeen. April 9th – 11th.

Taylor H. (2013) Aged and autonomy: an oxymoron? Research in Focus Conference, University of Worcester. October 23rd

Taylor H. (2013) Negligence and accountability – the relationship with High Impact Actions. High Impact Actions Event. Worcestershire Health and Social Care Trust. June 5th (Keynote speaker).

Taylor H. (2005) The use of mixed methods in an exploration of how nurses use assessment tools when caring for older adults. Mixed Methods in Health and Social Care Conference, Homerton College Cambridge. July 11-12.

Taylor H. (2004) The sources and communication of information by nurses caring for older adults in forty-eight simulated clinical situations. 5th Annual International Research Conference – Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and Technology. School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Trinity College Dublin. 3rd-5th November.

Taylor H. (2004) "How do nurses assess older adults?" RCN Annual International Research Conference, Cambridge University. March 21-24.

Taylor H. (2003) An examination of the perceived role of the nurse providing care for older adults. 4th Annual Research Conference of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies and Associated Hospitals, Trinity College Dublin. November.

Taylor H. (2003) Researching at Worcester. University College Worcester Graduate School Research Week Symposium. March.

Taylor H. (2003) Nursing research: decoding the enigma? 9th International and 1st Iberoamerican Qualitative Health Research Conference. Guadalajara. Mexico. February.

Taylor H. (2002) Chicken Licken and the death of Diana. The Third Annual Research Student Conference, University College Worcester.  March

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

British Rowing National Umpire and Level 2 coach

External examiner - law and dissertations - University of Manchester

Reviewer - Nursing Times