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Nicola Wright

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



I am an Associate Professor in Mental Health in the School of Health Sciences. I hold a PhD in Nursing Studies, MA in Research Methods and Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) all from the University of Nottingham. As well as my role within the School of Health Sciences, I am also the Mental Health Lead at the Rights Lab. This is one of six Beacons of Excellence within the University of Nottingham and focuses on modern slavery. 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.

Teaching Summary

Module Lead: GEN Dissertations

BSc Group Facilitator

BSc Dissertation Supervisor

Masters of Science in Nursing (GEN) Dissertation Supervisor

Masters in Health and Social Care Dissertation Supervisor

Research Summary

Research Interests:

  • Mental health recovery for survivors of modern slavery.
  • Care transitions in mental health.
  • Knowledge translation and evidence based practice.

My current and recently completed research projects include the following:

  • August 2020 - December 2021: (Role: Joint PI) COVID-19 Risk and Response: Impact and Mitigations for Modern Slavery Victims and Survivors. Funding: £499, 945.71 UKRI.
  • February 2020 - January 2021: (Role: Co-I) Where is the best place for Learning Disability Nurses to intervene to help prevent people with learning disabilities entering the criminal justice system? Funding: £46, 000 Burdett Trust for Nursing.
  • July 2019 - December 2020: (Role: PI) Mental health recovery for survivors of modern slavery: A grounded theory study. Funding: £142, 278.00 NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.
  • April 2018 - December 2018: (Role: PI) The mental health and wellbeing needs of family caregivers who have children/relatives with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review of the evidence. Funding: £15, 563.50 NIHR CLAHRC EM.
  • August 2017 - July 2022: (Role: Co-I, Mental health project lead): NIHR Patient Safety Translation Research Centre (Greater Manchester) Care Transitions Theme. PSTRC GM Total Funding: £7,443,932.00.
  • February 2016 to March 2017: (Role: PI) An evaluation of Connecting with People Suicide Awareness Training with General Practitioners in Northamptonshire. Funding: £16, 718 East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative.
  • March 2014 to May 2015: (Role: Co-I) Self-Armed: A participatory approach to improving self-help strategies for young people with mental health needs. Funding: £34, 139 Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group.

Recent Publications

School of Health Sciences

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Queen's Medical Centre
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