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e.c.hughes@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473417


In February 2015, I was appointed to chair of Applied Mental Health Research at the University of Huddersfield and have a joint appointment with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation trust. My role is to build a programme of research based on her interests and collaborations, as well as build and support research capacity both in the University and the Trust to ensure that there are effective links between clinical and academic environments.

I am a registered mental health nurse and have a BSc in Psychology. I have worked in acute inpatient mental health and drug and alcohol detox clinic, as well as community substance use services in London. It was here I developed an interest in working with people with multiple needs (particularly those with mental health and co-occurring substance use problems - AKA “dual diagnosis”). I moved into academic setting in 1999 when I was employed as a research nurse developing and delivering the intervention for a large trial of dual diagnosis intervention in community mental health teams (the COMO project) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College. I was module leader for the CPD module on dual diagnosis as well as contributing to the Medication Management, CBT for Inpatient staff, and Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (THORN). I undertook a PhD during this time on whole team training trial for dual diagnosis in CMHTs at Camden and Islington in conjunction with collaborators at UCL. I was project manager for the Pan London Dual Diagnosis dissemination project which used a “train the trainer” model to deliver a 5 day training course to mental health practitioners over the whole of the city.

I moved to the Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation at the University of Lincoln in 2006, as Principal Research Fellow, and was involved in commissioned work for the Department of Health National Dual Diagnosis Programme including training packs and the National Capability Framework for Dual Diagnosis. In addition, she led the development of new CPD mental health modules with Lincolnshire Partnership Trust. I also undertook two Department of Health funded projects evaluating training for dual diagnosis in prisons and wider criminal justice system.

I moved to Coventry University in 2009 as Reader, and undertook a series of funded projects evaluating health care services including a survey of the health and wellbeing of people over 55 in Coventry, acute mental health care across the West Midlands and the dementia care pathway in Coventry and Warwick. During this time I worked with the Centre for E-Learning at Coventry to develop a national E-learning resource for dual diagnosis.

I moved to University of York in 2011 as Senior Lecturer (teaching and research) in the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group where I have continued to develop my research interests in co-occurring substance use and mental health and obtaining grant income, as well as develop the new area of sexual health promotion for people with serious mental illness. In addition, I contributed to the BSc Undergraduate Nursing Programme.

Research and Scholarship

Research interests

I am interested in improving health and social care services for marginalised and stigmatised populations. I am particularly interested in how staff develop capabilities to work with multiple needs both within their own setting and in collaboration with other agencies. I am interested in substance use treatment, physical health in people with mental health problems, and innovation in health service delivery.

Current funded projects

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Hughes, E., Rawlings, V. and McDermott, E. (2018) ‘Mental health staff perceptions and practice regarding self-harm, suicidality and help-seeking in LGBTQ youth: Findings from a cross-sectional survey in the UKIssues in Mental Health Nursing , 39 (1), pp. 30-36. ISSN 0161-2840

Hughes, E., Sharratt, K., Bressington, D. and Gray, R. (2018) ‘Novel psychoactive substance use by mental health service consumers: an online survey of inpatient health professionals’ views and experiencesAdvances in Dual Diagnosis , 11 (1), pp. 30-39. ISSN 1757-0972


Oluyase, A., Raistrick, D., Hughes, E. and Lloyd, C. (2017) ‘Prescribers’ views and experiences of assessing the appropriateness of prescribed medications in a specialist addiction serviceInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy , 39 (6), pp. 1248-1255. ISSN 2210-7703

McDermott, E., Hughes, E. and Rawlings, V. (2017) ‘The social determinants of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth suicidality in England: a mixed methods studyJournal of Public Health , pp. 1-8. ISSN 1741-3842

Hughes, E., Edmondson, A., Onyekwe, I., Quinn, C. and Nolan, F. (2017) ‘Identifying and addressing sexual health in serious mental illness: views of mental health staff working in two NHS organisations in EnglandInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing . ISSN 1445-8330

Gilchrist, G., Swan, D., Widyaratna, K., Marquez-Arrico, J., Hughes, E., Mdege, N., Martyn-St James, M. and Tirado-Munoz, J. (2017) ‘A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Psychosocial Interventions to Reduce Drug and Sexual Blood Borne Virus Risk Behaviours Among People Who Inject DrugsAIDS and Behaviour , 21 (7), pp. 1791-1811. ISSN 1090-7165

McDermott, E., Hughes, E. and Rawlings, V. (2017) ‘Norms and normalisation: Understanding LGBT youth, suicidality and help-seekingCulture, Health and Sexuality . ISSN 1369-1058

Gilchrist, G., Swan, D., Shaw, A., Kedling, A., Towers, S., Craine, N., Munro, A., Hughes, E., Parrott, S., Strang, J., Taylor, A. and Watson, J. (2017) ‘The acceptability and feasibility of a brief psychosocial intervention to reduce blood borne virus risk behaviours among people who inject drugs: A randomised control feasibility trial of a psychosocial intervention (The PROTECT study) versus treatment as usual.Harm Reduction Journal . ISSN 1477-7517


Khaled, S., Hughes, E., Bressington, D., Zolezzi, M., Radwan, A., Badnapurkar, A. and Gray, R. (2016) ‘The Prevalence of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Use in Non-clinical Populations : A Systematic Review ProtocolSystematic Review . ISSN 2046-4053

Hughes, E. and Edmondson, A. (2016) ‘Randomised Evaluation of Sexual health Promotion Effectiveness informing Care and Treatment’. In: Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust: Research and Development Forum, 15th Nov 2016, Leeds, UK

Paul, C., Edmondson, A., Hughes, E., Samuels, I., Foster, S. and Owen, C. (2016) ‘Give a little RESPECT: Patient and Public Involvement in Research’. In: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust Research and Development Forum, Nov 15th 2016, Leeds, UK

Delgadillo, J., Bohnke, J., Hughes, E. and Gilbody, S. (2016) ‘Disentangling psychopathology, substance use and dependence: a factor analysisBMC Psychiatry , 16 (281). ISSN 1471-244X

Hughes, E (2016) ‘A systematic review of the effects of novel psychoactive substances “legal highs” on people with severe mental illnessJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 23 (5), pp. 267-281. ISSN 1351-0126

Hughes, E (2016) ‘The sexual health and relationship needs of people with severe mental illness.Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing , 23 (5), pp. 338-343. ISSN 1351-0126


Hughes, E., Bassi, S., Gilbody, S., Bland, M. and Martin, F. (2015) ‘Prevalence of HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C in people with severe mental illness: a systematic review and meta-analysisThe Lancet Psychiatry . ISSN 2215-0366

Delgadillo, J., Gore, S., Ali, S., Ekers, D., Gilbody, S., Gilchrist, G., McMillan, D. and Hughes, E. (2015) ‘Feasibility randomized controlled trial of cognitive and behavioral interventions for depression symptoms in patients accessing drug and alcohol treatmentJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment , 55, pp. 6-14. ISSN 07405472

Fiorini, G., Bland, J., Hughes, E., Castelli, V. and Vaira, D. (2015) ‘A systematic review on drugs absorption modifications after eradication in Helicobacter pylori positive patients undergoing replacement therapyJournal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases , 24 (1), pp. 95-100. ISSN 18418724


Walsh, C., McCann, E., Gilbody, S. and Hughes, E. (2014) ‘Promoting HIV and sexual safety behaviour in people with severe mental illness: A systematic review of behavioural interventionsInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing , 23 (4), pp. 344-354. ISSN 1445-8330


Elwood, P., Woolham, J., Daly, G. and Hughes, E. (2013) ‘Loneliness amongst older people: findings from a survey in Coventry, UKQuality in Ageing and Older Adults , 14 (3), pp. 192-204. ISSN 1471-7794

Woolham, J., Hughes, E. and Daly, G. (2013) ‘The relationship between independence, inclusion and well-being: the perspective of older citizens living in Coventry, U.K.Research Policy and Planning , 30 (1), pp. 3-21. ISSN 0264-519X


Holland, M., Bell, R. and Hughes, E. (2012) ‘The importance of local and regional networks in supporting dual diagnosis in clinical practiceAdvances in Dual Diagnosis , 5 (4), pp. 185-188. ISSN 1757-0972

Hughes, E., Brown, Y. and Tummey, R. (2012) ‘“Acute concerns”: is the mental health workforce equipped and supported to meet complex needs?Advances in Dual Diagnosis , 5 (1), pp. 15-22. ISSN 1757-0972


  • 2015-2020 Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of York
  • 2008 to current: Editor of Advances in Dual Diagnosis
  • 2014 to current: Member of Expert Reference Group on Mental health and substance use Public Health England, Department of Health
  • 2015-2016 External Expert NICE public Health guidance community interventions for people with co-morbid substance use and mental health
  • 2008 to current: Member of the East Midlands Prison Research Ethics Committee
  • 2014 to current: Associate Board Member NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research funding board
  • 2011 to current: peer reviewer NIHR Research for Patient benefit; Health Services and Delivery Research; Health Technology Assessment; Policy Research Programme
  • Peer reviewer for academic journals: British Journal of Psychiatry, PLOS-one, Journal of Mental Health, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Studies, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising projects based in health service settings particularly mental health, substance use and sexual health/HIV services. I am also interested in criminal justice system and mentally disordered offenders. I have expertise in quantitatve research and mixed methods, especially surveys, trials of interventions and service evaluation. I am also interested in educational research, especially the impact of skills training on capabilities and improved outcomes for service users.


  • 2010-2014 Denford Jeyachaya (Coventry University) Mental health and learning disability and experience of violence (status- completed)
  • 2012-2015 Obirenjeyi Oluyase PhD Prescribing Inappropriatness in Substance Use Treatment (status: submitted)

Current students

  • 2015-2017 Samantha Gasgoigne (at University of York) full time CLAHRC-YH studentship: understanding intersection between having a serious mental health problem and sexual risk behaviour
  • 2015-2019 Moses Mulimara (at University of York) part time Adherence to HIV treatment for people with schizophrenia in Uganda

Postgraduate research opportunities with Professor Elizabeth Hughes


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