Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Dr Susan Hrisos

Senior Research Associate


Roles and Responsibilities

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

Chair of Institute of Health & Society (IHS) Engagement Strategy Group 2014 - present

Member of Newcastle University Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) Implementation Group 2016 - present

ThinkSAFE developer

Twitter: @PSafetynewc


PhD. Newcastle University 2014 (Access my thesis here:

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


NHSE Patient Engagement Group (sub-group of the Strategy & Advisory Group for Patient Safety)  2015 - 2016

Decision Making & Organisation of Care (DMOC) Research Group 

Yorkshire Quality & Safety Research group (YQSR)  

Newcastle Health Psychology Group

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 & Funding Awards

Patient & Public Engagement & Involvement (PPE/I) in research

Developing a programme of evaluation of PPE/I in research. Funder: Wellcome Trust. Role: Senior Research Associate. (June 2016 – present).

PPE/I Peer to Peer Support Forum: Training needs assessment for people involved in research.  Funder: Faculty Medical Sciences (FMS) Engage. Role: Principle Investigator.  Award: £4,346, (May 2016).

Partnering to improve BME access, inclusion and involvement in research: exchange visits with third-sector organisations for shared learning and improvement. Funder: FMS Engage PPI in Research seedcorn funding. Role: Principle Investigator.  Award: £4,639, (June 2016)

Supporting a Patient and Public Involvement strategy in research to enhance the active involvement of real-time patients in undergraduate medical education.  Funder: FMS Engage PPI in Learning and Teaching seed-corn funding.  Role: PhD Supervisor & co-applicant.  Award: £1006 (July 2016)

HEE Clinical Academic Training Programme Internship Award. Role: Academic supervisor & co-applicant.  Award: £1000.  (July 2016)

Enabling the Inclusion of Black & Minority Ethnicities (BME) in Research. Funder: FMS Engage PPI in Research seedcorn funding. Role: Principle Investigator.  Award: £2,000, (June 2014)

Patient involvement in improving  patient safety

Collaborating with patients to improve patient safety in primary care. (ThinkSAFE Primary Care study). Funder: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School of Primary Care Research.  Role: Principle Investigator.  Award: £62,000. (April 2016).

Supporting patients and healthcare staff to improve patient safety: Developing an Implementation Package for ThinkSAFE.  Funder: NENC Academic Health Science Network Patient Safety Collaborative. Role: Principle Investigator.  Awards: £15,000 (June 2016), £10,000 (April 2015), £100,000 (April 2014)  

Patient involvement in improving patient safety: Developing an intervention to help patients improve their own safety. Funder: NIHR (RP-PG-0108-10049). Role: Senior Research Associate.  (2010-2014)

Patient involvement in their healthcare

Understanding, promoting and enhancing shared decision making (SDM) in the clinical consultation (The Black Box of SDM study).  Funder: The Health Foundation.  Role: Senior Research Associate. 2014-2016

Previous Funding

£73000 Diabetes UK 2008 Patient survey as part of IQuaD study. Co-applicant

£14738 Newcastle Healthcare Charity 2007 Test Ordering trial. Co-applicant

£35895 Newcastle PCT 2006 Test Ordering trial Co-applicant

£80,000 North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 2004.  Evaluation of 360 degree feedback for trainee doctors. Principle Investigator

£3000 LTSN award to BEME review group 2004.  Co-applicant


Esteem Indicators

Invited Member:

NHS England Patient Engagement in Patient Safety Group (Chaired by Profs Rebecca Lawton & Gerry Armitage) 2015-2016

Invited contributor to:

WHO Patient Safety Technical Series on Safer Primary Care 2016: Patient Engagement 

NHSE Sign up to Safety: Patient Engagement in Patient Safety. A Framework for the NHS.

NHS England Patient Safety Domain: Tests at Discharge Standards 2015

Judge for:

Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA)  2014, 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

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Medical Education

Medical Care

Social Science & Medicine


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

FMS Training Matters (formerly IHS Bitesize Engagement) seminar series  


NIHR PhD fellowship: Lead academic supervisor 

FMS Unit for Educational Research Development & Practice MD:  Academic supervisor for PPE/I 

NIHR Clinical Internship: Lead academic supervisor 

MSc Public Health (intercalated): Qualitative lead

MBBS Personal Tutor