Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Susan Hrisos

Senior Research Associate


Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Research Associate on DePEC (NIHR Global Health Research Group on Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care) Jan 2019 - present

Member of the Ageing and Older People research team

SPCR PPI Lead for Newcastle

ThinkSAFE developer

Twitter: @PSafetynewc


PhD. Newcastle University 2014 (Access my thesis here:

MPhil. Newcastle University 2004

BA (Hons) Psychology. Newcastle University 1993


Decision Making & Organisation of Care (DMOC) Research Group 2012 - 2018

Chair of Institute of Health & Society (IHS) Engagement Strategy Group 2014 - 2018

Member of Newcastle University Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) Implementation Group 2016 - 2018

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

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

British Psychological Society: Division of Health Psychology


Research Interests

Research Interests include:

  • Person Centred Care
  • Patient engagement & involvement in their healthcare
  • Patient & family involvement in improving patient safety
  • Patient / Public involvement in research/co-design of services
  • Use of 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