Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Jan Lecouturier

Senior Research Associate



I am a skilled qualitative and quantitative practitioner with an established, substantial track record in health and social care research in the North East and nationally.   I have skills in, and experience ofin-depth and cognitive interviewing, focus groups, and various methods of analysis; questionnaire and interview schedule design, the conduct of surveys (postal and interview) statistical analysis, systematic and narrative reviews and systematic, interactive forecasting methods, for example active researcher 

My project experience extends from systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, qualitative studies to longitudinal studies and postal surveys, with a variety of patient groups, health professionals and managers.  This has given me experience in project management, and project team management necessitating both autonomous and cooperative, collaborative working.

Roles and responsibilities 

I currently work part time for the National Institute of Health Research Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit.  The remainder of the time is devoted to project work (see Research)


1994-1997 - MSc Social Research

1987-1991 - BSc (Hons.) Upper 2nd Class Sociology & Social Research

Previous Positions

1992 - 1993 Clinical Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Royal Victoria Infirmary 

1992 - 2010 Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society

2010 - 2019 Research Methodologist with the Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria

2017 - 2019  Deputy Director with the Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria



My research interests include:

  • Shared decision making - specifically how information is conveyed by professionals and what patients understand, retain and how they make sense of the information they receive in a clinical or research setting
  • The implementation and adoption of technologies
  • Behaviour and organisational change - in particular professional behaviour change and the barriers and facilitators to changing practice.


Current project work includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches: 1) treatment decision making processes in abdominal aortic aneurysm; 2) withdrawal of potentially life-saving medication in atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome; 3) stakeholder views on a novel test to support the care pathway for melanoma and barriers and facilitators to its adoption.

DARE - Decision making in aortic aneurism: Responsibilities: overseeing qualitative data collection and analysis.

SETS:aHUS - Eculizumab withdrawal: qualitative data collection and analysis

AMLo Study - qualitative data collection and analysis


SURAB - feasibility study includes exploratory phase of patient and public involvement to develop trial information and clinician survey to determine equipoise.  Responsibilities: PPI, clinician survey and qualitative process evaluation of feasibility phase.

NotePad - Responsibilities: Lead on Implementation Phase (WP3B) - mixed methods. Overseeing qualitative data collection and analysis.

TOPPITS - Responsibilities: PPI Lead.

ALTAR -  ALternatives To prophylactic Antibiotics for the treatment of Recurrent urinary tract infection in women.  Responsibilities: lead for the qualitative process evaluation, overseeing qualitative data collection and analysis.

Understanding Frames. Responsibiilties: overseeing qualitative data collection and analysis.


Innovative Prognostic Test for Early-Stage Cutaneous Melanoma (AMLo). INIHR Invention for Innovation Award  Start: 2018 End: 2020

Multicentre, open label, prospective, single arm study of the safety and impact of eculizumab withdrawal in patients with atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome HTA Researcher led.  Start: 2018.  End: 2021

ALternatives To prophylactic Antibiotics for the treatment of Recurrent urinary tract infections in women (ALTAR study). HTA Commissioned call.  Start: 2016.  End: 2020

Standing frames as part of postural management for children with spasticity. What is the acceptability of a trial to determine the efficacy of standing frames? HTA commissioned call.  Start: 2015  End: 2018

Trial of Proton Pump Inhibitors in throat Symptoms (TOPPITS). HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials. Start: 2014.  End:2018

Innovative photoplethysmography technonglogy for rapid non-invasive assessment of peripheral arterial disease in primary care (NotePad) - i4i Challenge Award 2014-2016

Willingness of clinicians and patients to randomise into a study comparing radio frequency ablation (RFA) with active surveillance, in the management of incidentally diagnosed small renal tumours: a feasibility study (SURAB) - HTA Commissioned call.  Start: 2014  End: 2017

Are medication compliance aids helpful to users?: a qualitative study. Jan Lecouturier (Principal Investigator), Richard Copeland, Bill Cunningham and David Campbell. Royal College of General Practitioners Scientific Foundation Board, 2005-2006


Submitted funding applications as co-applicant

None at present









I am the Lead for the Masters in Clinical Research 'Designing a Research Proposal' Module (face to face).



This module, 'Designing a Research Proposal' (MCR8006), is part of the Clinical Research programme and is designed to allow students to put into practice the experience that they have acquired. Students will be required to design a project and establish approval for their own project in collaboration with the supervisory team. The module is designed to provide first- hand experience of planning, designing and preparing a project by allowing students to put into practice specific knowledge gained in the programme to-date helping them to develop a better understanding of clinical research and allowing them to utilise the portfolio of skills accrued so far.

Outline of Syllabus

  1. Developing a research idea

  2. Preparing a research proposal

  3. Understanding the approvals necessary to carry out your research idea

  4. Communicating and disseminating your idea to colleagues