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Nicola Wright

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



I am an Assistant Professor in Mental Health in the School of Health Sciences and the Institute of Mental Health. I hold a PhD in Nursing Studies, MA in Research Methods and Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) all from the University of Nottingham. Prior to commencing my current role in July 2013, I spent four years working as a Research Fellow at the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire (CLAHRC NDL). From 2008-2009 I was employed as a Research Associate in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. I am a registered Mental Health Nurse and have worked clinically in acute inpatient and assertive outreach services.

Expertise Summary

Teaching Summary

Module Lead: B746SG Professional Development, Leadership and Innovation for Nursing Practice (GEN).

BSc/MNurSci Group Facilitator

BSc Dissertation Supervisor

MNursSci Dissertation Supervisor

Masters of Science in Nursing (GEN) Dissertation Supervisor

Masters in Health and Social Care Dissertation Supervisor

Research Summary

Research Interests:

  • Mental health of young people (joint lead Youth Mental Health Managed Innovation Network with Dr Maria Michail).
  • Care transitions in mental health.
  • Community mental health care provision.
  • Inpatient care.
  • Promotion and maintenance of service user engagement with mental health services.
  • Suicide and self harm.
  • Service improvement and evaluation - particularly the use of qualitative methods.
  • Knowledge translation and evidence based practice.

My current and recently completed research projects include the following projects:

  • An evaluation of Connecting with People Suicide Awareness Training with General Practitioners in Northamptonshire. (WRIGHT and Michail): Funding: £16, 718 East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative.

  • Talk About Self Harm: A Participatory Approach to improving self-help strategies for young people with mental health needs presenting to primary care. (in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University: Bailey, WRIGHT and Kemp) Funding: £34,139 Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group.
  • Safe and Appropriate Mental Health Discharge. (Rowley, Waring, WRIGHT and Chopra) Funding: £5,000 SPARK Nottingham University Business School.
  • Audiologists awareness and experiences of adult patients with Dementia. In conjunction with The Ear Foundation. (Archbold, Mulla and WRIGHT) Funding: £9,500 Cochlear International.
  • Mental Health Needs Assessment in Three Buckinghamshire Prisons. (Kane, Jordan and WRIGHT) Funding: £30,000 NHS Buckinghamshire.
  • An evaluation of the CLAHRC-NDL Research into Practice Initiatives. (WRIGHT). Funding: NIHR CLAHRC-NDL Grant.

Current PhD Supervision:

  • Josephine Bardi (School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham): To what extent do non-statutory community based mental health services meet the social and mental well-being of individuals with mental illness? A mixed method analysis of the Dragon Café. Funding: ESRC four year intergrated studentship.

  • Matthew Horrocks: (School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham): The development and evaluation of an electronic suicide decision making tool for use in primary care. Funding: CLAHRC EM and the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative.

  • Shireen Patel (School of Medicine, Principle Supervisor: Prof. Richard Morriss): What are the Factors that facilitate and hinder engagement of service users into research studies and treatment interventions? Funded by CLAHRC EM.

Recent Publications

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