Dr Janet Kelly

Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Law and Ethics

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Health and Social Work


01482 464530

Subject Group Head of Nursing/ Chair of Unfair Means and Professional Unsuitability Panels/ Chair of Student Misconduct Panels/ Student Misconduct Case Officer/ Dignity And Respect Advisor (DARA) for the faculty and university offering impartial support to anyone on campus/ NMC Chair of Conduct and Competence Committees/ Programme Director BSc (Hons) Health Professional Studies/ Programme Director MSc Health Studies/ Deputy Chair of the Hull York Medical Schools, Research Ethics Committee/ Committee Member of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Research Ethics Committee. 

Janet is a nurse and midwife who is also qualified in law. She has a passion for teaching healthcare law and ethics, particularly military ethics.

She has 30 years of military experience as a regular nursing officer and now as an army reservist at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Janet joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2003. Her PhD is entitled Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in British Military Healthcare Practice.

She is Chair for the Nursing Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practise Conduct and Competence Committees, and Deputy Chair of the Hull York Medical School's Research Ethics Committee.


Research Interests

  • Military ethics

  • Noenatal ethics

  • Healthcare law i.e consent, confidentility, privacy, duty and standard of care, combat immunity

  • Fitness to practise

Research groups

  • RCN Defence Nursing Forum Committee

  • Member of the Maternal, Reproductive and Sexual Health Research Development Group

  • The Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology

  • Part of a multi-disciplinary partnership of researchers from the University of Hull and the Veterans and Family Institute at Anglia University, to develop a research interest network and complete existing grant proposals for primary research into the perinatal care requirements of families with military personnel


Kelly J, Welch E, 'Ethical decision-making regarding infant viability: A discussion', Nursing Ethics (2016)

Millington H and Kelly J, 'Why Not Boys? The Human Papillomavirus vaccine schedule in the UK', British Journal of School Nursing, 11(9), pp 438-442 (2016)

Kelly J, Is Medical Ethics in Armed Conflict Identical to Medical Ethics in Peace?, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, nominated for Medical Book Award of the Year (2013)

Kelly J, 'Battlefield Conditions: different environment but the same duty of care', Nursing Ethics, 17(5), pp 636-645 (2010)

Kelly J, 'Operational conditions: Legal capacity of a patient soldier refusing medical treatment', Nursing Ethics, 18(6), pp 825-834 (2010)

Full list

Google Scholar full publications list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Practice Teaching in Context

  • Dissertation workshops (MSc Health Studies)

  • Becoming a Midwife

  • Research Integrity

  • Children’s Nursing

  • Paramedic Science

  • Ethical, Social and Psychological and Aspects of Critical Care

  • Mental Health Nursing

  • Mentorship in Practice

  • Community (Health Visitor) students

  • Safe and Competent Nursing

Research PhDs

  • Military ethics, combat immunity, battlefield ethics, military families, neonatal ethics, midwifery, privacy and confidentiality

Completed PhDs

  • Managing different roles: The experiences of female nursing reservists who have deployed with the UK armed forces, Clinical Doctoral Psychology, provided expert military knowledge plus academic supervision, pastoral care and support (2016)

  • How do the social and personal perspectives of ex-military amputees’ influence identity and adjustment?, Clinical Doctoral Psychology, provided expert military knowledge plus academic supervision and support (2017)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Privacy and Confidentiality in Ghanaian Healthcare.


Teaching awards and accolades

  • English National Board 997: Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice, British Military Hospital Rinteln, (Germany affiliated via University of Brighton)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Hull, (2009),

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Health Studies, Professional, Ethical and Legal Conflicts in British Military Healthcare Practice, University of Hull (2012)

  • LLB (Hons) Law, University of Teesside (2003)

  • MA in Human Resource Management, University of Teesside (2001)

  • Diploma in Health Service Management, RCN Institue (1999)

  • Registered Midwife (RM), St James’s University Hospital, Leeds (1991)

  • Registered General Nurse (RGN), North Tees General Hospital (1988)

External roles

  • Case Officer for Student Misconduct.

  • British Army - expert in military medical ethics, frequently invited to speak at events and conferences

  • Registrant Nurse and Midwifery Council (NMC) Chair Panellist' re-appointed in Feb 2017 as a Chair for a second 4-year term on NMC Conduct and Competence Committees for both nursing and midwifery registrants. This is a significant national role.

  • Member of RCN Defence Nursing Forum Committee

Awards and accolades

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (2015)

Military Awards

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina NATO medal (1999)

  • Kosovo and Macedonia NATO medal with clasp (1999)

  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal (2002)

  • Volunteer Reserves Service medal (2010)

  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal (2012)

  • 1st Clasp to Volunteer Reserve Service medal (2014

  • Awarded Volunteer Reserve (VR) post nominals 2015

Professional highlights

  • Former Chair of the Faculty of Health and Social Care (now school) Research Ethics Committee (REC)

  • Current Deputy Chair of Hull York Medical School's Research Ethics Committee (REC)