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Susan Jones

Research Associate

Susan Jones

About Susan Jones

Susan is a Research Associate at Teesside University.  Susan was originally appointed as Research Assistant to Professor Sharon Hamilton in September 2006 and was then promoted to Research Associate in 2009. Initially she completed her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Public Health and Well-being followed by further studies to masters level, both at Teesside University.  She is now studying for a doctorate. 

Susan’s background is in nursing, qualifying as an S.R.N. in 1981, from Guy’s Hospital, London. She then undertook a number of roles in oncology nursing, caring for patients with cancer both as in-patients and out-patients.

After this followed some time at home bringing up her family, where she took the opportunity to increase her life skills by becoming involved in voluntary work in the social care area. During university vacations she gained experience of current nursing practice working as a health care assistant in a variety of settings.

Her B.Sc. dissertation looked at a newly developed school nurse assistant role, using qualitative methods to understand the contribution the assistants were making to the school communities. This ignited her interest in research. In her masters degree she conducted a literature review investigating the reasons why people continue to smoke post-stroke.  Her doctorate is looking into the application of Normalisation Process Theory, using the example of the implementation of a stop smoking in pregnancy initiative i.e. a complex intervention into a complex system. Susan has continued to work on a range of research and evaluation projects in public health and nursing undertaken by the Nursing Group and CHASE.

Susan's research interests within the Public Health strand of HSCI include end of life care (discharge planning) and stopping smoking (in secondary care, following stroke, during pregnancy).  Other areas of interest which fall within the Rehabilitation strand include stroke rehabilitation, frozen shoulder and chronic neurological conditions.

Susan’s work focuses on using qualitative methods. She is interested in evaluating new initiatives and moving research and evaluation recommendations into policy and practice.

Research interests and activities

Research interests in brief

  • Stopping smoking
  • End of life care
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Chronic neurological conditions
Current Projects
  • An exploration of the experiences and educational needs of patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome receiving spinal cord stimulation.  Principal Investigator: Dr. Cormac Ryan.  Funded by Medtronics UK.
  • Doctoral Study:  Exploring the potential for using Normalisation Process Theory as an explanatory tool to evaluate implementation of a complex intervention with maternity and stop smoking staff.                                             
  • Evaluation of the introduction of fully smoke free policies in two North East Foundation NHS Trusts. Principal Investigator: Professor Janet Shucksmith. Funded by Public Health England, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trusts.

External research funding since 2008

  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust
  • NIHR School for Public Health Research

External research collaborations

  • Specialist palliative care team, James Cook University Hospital
  • Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University


Four selected publications since 2008

  • Bell, R., Araujo-Saures, V., Close, A., Glininaina, S., Hamilton, S., Jones, S., Milne, E., Moloney, E., Rushton, S., Shucksmith, J., Vale, L., van der Waal, Z., White, M., Willmore, M. (2017) Evaluation of a complex healthcare intervention to increase smoking cessation in pregnant women: interrupted time series analysis with economic evaluation. Tobacco Control, 15th February. Online.
  • Jones, S. and Hamilton, S. (2013) Introducing a new stop smoking service in an acute UK hospital: a qualitative study to evaluate service user experience. European Journal of Oncology Nursing- 17(5):563-569  available online at
  • Perry, L., Hamilton, S., Williams, J. and Jones, S. E. (2013) Nursing interventions for improving nutritional status and outcomes of stroke patients: descriptive reviews of processes and outcomes. World Views on Evidence-based Nursing, 10: 17–40.
  • Jones, S.  E. and Hamilton, S. (2011) Smoking cessation: implementing hospital-based services. British Journal of Nursing. 20 (18): 1210-1215.

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