Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Joanne Lally

Research Methodologist



My research background is in healthcare quality improvement using both clinical audit and comparative quality indicators. The main focus of all my work has been patients experience of healthcare interventions in a variety of settings. Alongside this qualitative work is my developing interest in Patient and Public involvement in research, how we can encourage full and active participation and how we can evaluate its impact.

My PhD, which was funded by the Medical Research Council focussed on shared decision making (SDM). The PhD identified what decisions women made during pregnancy and labour and how they could best be supported in the decision making process.

A secondment opportunity as the Shared Decision Making Programme Lead for the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust, was concerned with implementing Shared Decision Making across the organisation, providing a resource for both patients and staff.

Although the majority of my recent work has used a qualitative approach, I am also experienced quantitative researcher.

I am a member of

Current Role

Senior Research Associate and Patient and Public Lead for NIHR RDS-NE


2011 - PhD, University of Newcastle

2000 - MSc Health Sciences (Public Health ), University of Newcastle

1990 - BA(Hons) University of Liverpool

Previous Positions

SDM Programme Lead  - Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust

MRC Research Fellow - Decision making in pregnancy - the exaple of pain relief in labour

UK Quality Indicator Project (QIP) co-ordinator (Dept of Population and Health Sciences)


Research Interests

The main focus of my work is on patient experience and involvement in research, in a variety of settings including transplant, shared decision making and stroke medicine.

Decision making in health care, in areas where the decision and the action are separated by time or place. I have an interest in how patients make decisions, how their values affect their choices and what we can do to support them in the decision making process.

I am also interested in the impact of context on decision making in healthcare. The setting, the urgency, the involvement of others, all play an important role in the decision made which is not yet fully understood.

I am interested in how we can use comparative quality indicators to assess the quality of acute care 

Current Work

Research methodologist and PPI Lead for NIHR RDS-NE

Promoting Effective And Rapid Stroke Care (PEARS) - Starting May 2014

Previous Work 

NIHR Health Technology Assessment DEVELOP UK A study of donor ex-vivo lung perfusion in UK Lung Transplantation  - Research Associate

Pre-Conception Care for Diabetic Women.

Esteem Indicators

I was invited as commentator for the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin " An Introduction to Patient Decision Aids", Augst 2012

Peer Reviewer - Journal Articles: British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Patient Education and Couselling, Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Abstract Reviewer for International Shared Decision Making Conference 2013  


Undergraduate Teaching

Public Health Tutor and Rotation co-ordinator for 3rd year MBBS students on the EJR Public Health.

Tutor on 'Medicine in the Community' course for Stage 1 and 2, MBBS students

Postgraduate Teaching

Delivered sessions on the MSc in Health Sciences in the IHS in the quality of care and qualitative methods modules.

Delivered sessions on telephone interviewing on

Public and patient Involvement sessions on the IHS MSc course


Post graduate Supervision 


2013: Amelia Woolley, MSc Health Services Research


2014: Michelle Bardgett, Masters in Clinical Research