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Dr Ada Hui

Assistant Professor in Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


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Ada joined the School of Health Sciences in 2014. She has held previous positions as a researcher and lecturer in Higher Education, and as a clinical studies officer with the National Institute of Health Research. She is a sociologist and registered mental health nurse, with experience of teaching and convening undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums.

Ada's research seeks to address health and social inequalities. Her research reflects her interdisciplinary background in applying sociological theories to health contexts. She specialises in working with marginalised communities, examining emotional labour, role, identity and belonging.

Ada was awarded the prestigious national Mary Seacole Leadership Award 2016/2017, in recognition of her research towards improving the care and outcomes of people who use mental health services. Funding from this award was used to study The Lived Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) patients within a High Security Hospital. Ada was appointed the Royal College of Nursing Representative for Reducing Restraint and Restrictive Practices through her PhD, which examined The Uses of Coercive Measures within a High Security Hospital. She is an Honorary Researcher with the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2018, Ada was awarded a Collaborative Award in Teaching Excellence by the Higher Education Academy, for her role in developing the European Junior Leadership Academy with colleagues from the School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Lisbon School of Nursing (Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa), Portugal and University of Maribor Slovenia.

During the 2018/2019 academic year, Ada will be on secondment with the Recovery Research Team, leading the SHARE (Social, Health and Recovery Experiences) study and working on the large-scale, multi-sited NEON (Narrative Experiences Online) research study.

Teaching Summary

Ada teaches and convenes modules on undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums.

Ada teaches on the BSc (Hons), MNursSci (Hons) and GEN (Hons) Nursing programmes. She is a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor to mental health nursing students on each of these courses and is a facilitator for Person Centred Nursing Care (B7103), Personal and Professional Effectiveness for Nursing (B7204), and Diverse Perspectives on Care Assessment, Planning, Delivery and Decision Making (B742SG).

Ada is module convenor for Contemporary Policy Debates in Healthcare (B74CDH) as part of the Masters in Research Methods (MARM), and Research and Improvement Project Methodology (B74RIP) as part of the MSc in Quality and Patient Safety Improvement. She also teaches Foundations in Qualitative Research (M14152).

Research Summary

Ada is an experienced researcher having worked on national, international, commercial and non-commercial studies. She began her research career examining service user involvement, discourses between… read more

Selected Publications

  • HUI, ADA, 2017. Least Restrictive Practices: An Evaluation of Patient Experiences. Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Current Research

Ada is an experienced researcher having worked on national, international, commercial and non-commercial studies. She began her research career examining service user involvement, discourses between policy and practice, arts and mental health. Ada's PhD in Sociology and Social Policy -'Coercive measures in a high secure hospital: expressions of institutional and emotion work' - was a mixed methods study, exploring the influences and effects of restrictive practice upon patients, staff and the environment. She has since successfully completed a prestigious Mary Seacole Leadership Award, examining The lived experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic patients within a high security hospital. She is currently leading on the 'SHARE' study, examining the social, health and recovery experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Ada's current research is in sociology and mental health, specifically:

  • Marginalised communities
  • Emotion work
  • Identity, role and belonging

Ada would welcome opportunities for collaboration, and to supervise PhD candidates in these areas.

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