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Dr Janet Kelly

Dr Janet Kelly

  • Visiting

Visiting Senior Lecturer within the Conflict and Health Research Group

Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Law and Ethics at the University of Hull .

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Janet is a Senior Lecturer (Band 9) in Healthcare Law and Ethics at the University of Hull and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer.

Janet qualified as a nurse in 1988 and as a midwife in 1991. She joined the British Army in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps first as a reservist in 1989 and then as a regular Nursing Officer in 1992. Her service has included Germany, Gibraltar, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo and more recently Sierra Leone at the end of the Ebola outbreak. She is now a reservist at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Medical Operational Support Group. On leaving regular service, Janet undertook a Master’s of Arts in Human Resources Management and then a qualifying Law degree at the University of Teesside. Janet’s PhD is in Health Studies in 2012 and is titled, ‘Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in British Military Healthcare practice’.

Janet has many published national and international academic papers on healthcare and military ethics including a book titled, ‘Is Medical Ethics in Armed Conflict Identical to Medical Ethics in Peace?’ that was nominated for the Medical Book Award of the Year 2013 and more recently a book chapter in 2019 ‘on ‘Legal Issues in Midwifery Care: In Empowering Decision-Making in Midwifery, A Global Perspective’.

Janet has been awarded NATO medals, the Queens Silver and Gold Jubilee medals and the Volunteer Reserve Medal.


Research Interests

  • Military ethics
  • Regulatory professional issues
  • Neonatal ethics
  • Military perinatal mental health


Subject areas

  • Health care law and ethics
  • Professional and legal issues in midwifery and neonatology
  • Research ethics



  • Logon, G., & Kelly, J. (2021). The Ockenden report and its implications for midwifery practice: Some reflections. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 00, 1–3. https://
  • Kelly, J, Jones, C, Jomeen, J and Martin, C (2021) Perinatal mental health and well-being of serving women and women veterans: a study protocol, BMJ Military Health, DOI:
  • Millington H and Kelly J (2016) Why Not Boys? The Human Papillomavirus vaccine schedule in the UK, British Journal of School Nursing, 11(9), 438-442.
  • Kelly, J and Welch E (2016) Ethical decision-making regarding infant viability: A discussion, Nurs Ethics, DOI: 10.1177/0969733016677869.
  • Bernthal EM, Draper HJ, Henning J, Kelly JC (2016) A band of brothers - An exploration of the range of medical ethical issues faced by British senior military clinicians on deployment to Afghanistan: A qualitative study, Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. 2015 Dec; 161 Suppl 1: i3-i5. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2015-000527.
  • Kelly, J. (2015) Following Professional Codes of Practice and Military Orders in Austere Military Environments: A Controversial Debate on Ethical Challenges, Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 161: Suppl 1 i10-i13.
  • Kelly, J. (2012). Military Healthcare Battlefield Immunity. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. 158(4), 308.
  • Kelly, J (2011) Using and Ethical Model to Manage Patient-Soldier Confidentiality When Medical Treatment for Post Traumatic is Refused, Online Journal of Health Ethics, 7(2), pp. 1-22.
  • Kelly, J (2010) Operational conditions: Legal capacity of a patient soldier refusing medical treatment, Nurs Ethics, 18(6), 825-834.
  • Kelly, J (2010) Battlefield Conditions: different environment but the same duty of care, Nurs Ethics, 1795), 636-645.