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Academic Biography

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, in mental health). 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.

Summary of Research Interests

Research interests in brief:

  • Stopping smoking
  • End of life care
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Chronic neurological conditions

Current Projects:

  • Doctoral Study: Exploring the Theory-Practice Gap in Public Health interventions: a critical assessment of the potential for Normalisation Process Theory to aid knowledge transfer into practice, using the evaluation of a complex smoking cessation in pregnancy initiative.
  • Feasibility Study of an online Preoperative Risk Education Package (PREP) for primary care practitioners

  • Evaluation of a Privacy Tool for patient data

External research funding since 2008:

  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust
  • NIHR School for Public Health Research
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Public Health England
  • Clinical Research Network North East & North Cumbria

External research collaborations:

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Teesside University

Bachelor, Teesside University

Sep 200314 Jun 2006

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 11 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products
  • 1 Web publication/site

An exploration of the experiences and educational needs of patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome receiving spinal cord stimulation.

Ryan, C., Eldabe, S., Chadwick, R., Jones, S., Button, H., Brookes, M. E. & Martin, D., 11 Apr 2019, In : Neuromodulation. 22, 3, p. 295-301

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Minor Surgical Procedures

babyClear(c) - supporting pregnant women to stop smoking

Jones, S., 10 May 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsResearch

What helped and hindered implementation of an intervention package to reduce smoking in pregnancy: process evaluation guided by normalization process theory

Jones, S., Hamilton, S., Bell, R., Araujo-Saures, V., Glinianaia, S., Milne, E., White, M., Willmore, M. & Shucksmith, J., 9 May 2019, In : BMC Health Services Research. 19, 13 p., 297.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Smoking Cessation
Practice Guidelines

Why do some women continue to smoke when they are pregnant?

Jones, S., 10 May 2019

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/siteResearch

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Open Access
Quality of Life
Patient-Centered Care
Interpersonal Relations

Press / Media

Specialist discharge sister for end-of-life patients 'a success'

Susan Jones


1 item of Media coverage

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Leading way in caring for the dying

Sharon Hamilton & Susan Jones


1 item of Media coverage

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End-of-life discharge nurses 'are effective'

Sharon Hamilton & Susan Jones


1 item of Media coverage

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