Miss Celia Hulme

Research Assistant

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Current research: 

I am a final year NIHR MBRC PhD student based in the Social Research with Deaf People (SORD) group within the division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. 

I am a Research Assistant in the Interpreter-Medidated Mental Health Act Assessment (INForMHAA) project (commenced April 2021)


My Doctoral study is titled 'Improving patient experience, service access and outcomes for Deaf adults who use British Sign Language'. 

This project concerns Deaf adults who are British Sign Language users and NHS Audiology Services.  Its aims are: (i) To ascertain the parameters and characteristics of an effective hearing health service for Deaf sign language users; (ii) To improve access to and usability of high quality ‘hearing’ services for Deaf people who are British Sign Language users.  The study will be firmly positioned within the recognition of Deaf people’s unique ontological positioning as visual peoples and the consequences of this for the contribution of Deaf ways of knowing to service improvement. It will result in a model of service improvement and implementation designed to promote culturally literate audiological service provision with Deaf people. 

Supervisory Team  

Professor Alys Young 

Professor Kevin Munro 

Dr Katherine Rogers 


Interpreter-Mediated Mental Health Act Assessments (INForMHAA)

Before a person is detained under the Mental Health Act, they go through a Mental Health Act (MHA) assessment (MHAA) and Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) have a vital role in safeguarding the rights of those assessed under the MHA.  This includes making sure the assessed person has full access to communication, including using spoken/sign language interpreters.  There is a lack of training and guidance for AMHPs and interpreters working together under the MHA.  This project aims to explore the challenges and good practices in MHA assessments in which AHMPs and interpreters work together with the intention to produce a training model for online CPD and the development of best practice standards, guidance and support. 



Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Master in Science, A Phenomenological Study into British Sign Language Users' Experiences of Psychological Therapies, University of Central Lancashire (2015 - 2016)
  • 2014 - PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner , Datrix Training (2014)
  • 2005 - Diploma in Management Studies , Lancaster University (2014)
  • 1996 - Bachelor of Arts, Deaf Studies with Education Studies , University of Central Lancashire (1995 - 1996)

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