Nomination the Batook Pandya MTM Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
Rosa Hui, MBE, DL (1944 – ) Mother, community leader, fighter
Rosa Hui’s incredible contribution to the wider community especially striving to integrate the Chinese Community in the City is a legacy in itself.
She dedicated her working life in helping others in ensuring they get the support they deserved.
As a former patient herself (brain haemorrhage,), Rosa has had extensive contact with the local health services as well as ongoing support for her condition.
The pioneering surgery that she received at the time no doubt saved her life, whilst the ongoing care has helped to extend her life expectancy well beyond the initial 10 years that the doctors had projected.
Rosa has worked for and in the Chinese community for over 27 years and has reciprocally utilised both, the community’s and her experiences to promote healthier living and to improve access to health services.
Rosa was born in China, the seventh of ten children; Rosa was educated in an Italian convent. She became proficient in many languages often acting as an interpreter for her father’s business.
She moved to Bristol to train as a nurse, but the sight of blood put an end to this career. Back to studying she was employed as a shorthand typist, slowly worked her way up, she became an International Trade Consultant.
It was during her career break that Rosa that assisted a small project that supported Chinese women in distress and hardship. This later became a group, battling through social taboos and peer pressure, as well as several bouts of pneumonia and brain haemorrhage, Rosa moved on.
Rosa has been involved in a number of national health initiatives, where she represented the views of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities as well as the wider community in the South Western region.
- Royal College of Physicians
- National Ambulance Documentation Standard Project;
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
- Scoping workshop on Liver Disease and Cirrhosis;
- Stakeholder scoping workshop on Acute Medical Emergencies Service Guidance;
- Guideline scoping workshop on Parkinson’s Disease;
- Health watch England Advisory Group;
- Special Inquiry on Unsafe Discharge from Hospital.
She is also a People’s Champion for Health watch Bristol.
Rosa previously worked with Professors Pauline Lane and Rachel Lane on the paper: Intersectionality and Mental Health of Chinese Women Living in the UK (2010).
She has also worked with Avon County Council, Bristol City and Bath and North East Somerset Councils to research the Health and Social Care needs of the Chinese community in their respective areas.
Away from health, she is one of three independent members that sit on the Police and Crime Panel for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, which oversees the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Rosa also served on the Age UK England – Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Elders Forum as their Vice Chair for the past nine years and was involved in the design of the Big Lottery Fund – Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better Programme.
Rosa Hui was awarded an MBE in 2009 for her fantastic work for the Overseas Chinese Association and the Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group (BACWG). This recognition was awarded to her when Rosa was a Deputy Lieutenant.
Rosa Hui is a recipient of an MTM Special Recognition award 2014.
The Lifetime Achievement award honours someone who has made a major impact to communities during their lifetime. There is no vote. It is in the gift of the Judging Panel to choose the winner.
- Examples of programmes or legacies which have enabled the nominee’s work to be continued.
- Has been involved with communities for over 25 years having had a successful career and has carried on this success in supporting communities
- Has made significant achievements over their lifetime
- Has shown outstanding commitment, dedication and enthusiasm
- Has made a significant impact in increasing participation in community work and activities
- Are a role model and inspiration to others
- Has made a lasting legacy to the ethnic communities
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