Dr Susan Hrisos
Senior Research Associate

  • Email: susan.hrisos@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6774
  • Address: Institute of Health and Society
    Newcastle University
    Baddiley-Clark Building
    Richardson Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4AX

Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Research Associate within the Decision Making and Organisation of Care Research Theme

Chair of IHS Engagement Strategy Group

Twitter: @PSafetynewc


PhD. Newcastle University 2014

MPhil. Newcastle University 2004

BA (Hons) Psychology. Newcastle University 1993

Previous Positions

Research Associate
Institute of Health & Society (Newcastle University)
Improving the Quality of Care in Diabetes (iQuaD)
Mapping quality improvement: A comparative study of US & UK Healthcare organisations.
Diabetes Test Ordering Trial. An RCT evaluation of a quality improvement system for diabetes care
Translating Clinicians Intentions into Implementation Intentions (TRACII)

Research Associate(Newcastle University)
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine & Dentistry
Modernising Medical Careers

Research Associate/Trial manager
Department of Ophthalmology(Newcastle University)
Feasibility study for a trial of Distant Exotropia
Amblyopia Treatment Trial

Junior Research Associate/project co-ordinator
Department of Psychiatry (Newcastle University)
MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Study


Decision Making & Organisation of Care (DMOC) Research Group 

Yorkshire Quality & Safety Research group (YQSR) http://www.bradfordresearch.nhs.uk/  

Newcastle Health Psychology Group http://research.ncl.ac.uk/healthpsychology/

IHS Medical Sociology Group 

UK Society of Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM): Membership Secretary 2008 - 2011

British Psychological Society: Division of Health Psychology

Fuse - The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health


Very good(but not quite fluent!)Greek

Research Interests

Research Interests include:

  • Patient engagement & involvement in their healthcare
  • Patient & family involvement in improving patient safety
  • Patient / Public involvement in research/co-design of services
  • Use of psychological theory in the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions

Other Expertise

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Experience Based Design methodology
  • Systematic review
  • Project management

Current Projects

Understanding, promoting and enhancing shared decision making (SDM) in the clinical consultation.

Supporting patients and healthcare staff to improve patient safety: Developing an Implementation Package for ThinkSAFE.

Enabling the Inclusion of Black & Minority Ethnicities (BME) in Research

Improving patient safety through the involvement of patients: Promoting patient involvement in patient safety.

Research Roles

Principal Investigator: Enabling the Inclusion of BME in Research

Principal Investigator: Supporting patients and healthcare staff to improve patient safety: Developing an Implementation Package for ThinkSAFE.                                                            

Co-applicant: IQuaD study extension (patient survey 2008)

Co-applicant:Developing and evaluating the effectiveness of educational prompts in improving diabetes care

Steering group member and co-applicant: "Formative assessment of trainee doctors using peer ratings", Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Dentistry, 2005.(Study looking at the reliability and validity of 360 degree feedback in formative assessment. Funding awarded by North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)

Esteem Indicators


NHS England Patient Involvement in Patient Safety Group (Chaired by Profs Rebecca Lawton & Gerry Armitage)

Invited reviewer/contributor for:

WHO patient safety roadmap (Chapter 12): Patient engagement for safer Primary Care 2015

NHS England Patient Safety Domain: Tests at Discharge Standards 2015

On-going reviewer for:

BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning

BMJ Quality & Safety

BMC Health Services Research 

Health Expectations

Health Psychology Review

Implementation Science

International Forum for Quality & Safety in Healthcare

Medical Education

Medical Care

Social Science & Medicine


£10,000 awarded by NENC AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative 2015

£2000 awarded by FMS Engagement Seedcorn Initiative 2014

£100,000 awarded by NENC Academic Health Science Network Patient Safety Collaborative  2014

£73000 awarded by Diabetes UK 2008 (study extension)
£14738 awarded by Newcastle Healthcare Charity 2007 (study extension)
£35895 awarded by Newcastle PCT 2006
£80,000 awarded by North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 2004
£3000 LTSN award to BEME review group 2004


Postgraduate Teaching

MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research, Newcastle University: Diagnostic Analysis seminar for the Health Care Quality module.

FMS Post-graduate Development Programme, Newcastle University: Support for Researchers working with Public & Patient Groups

Lead for IHS Bitesize Engagement seminar series  

MBBS Personal Tutor