Prof Suzanne Richards

BSc.(Hons) PhD (Bristol)
Executive Member, Co-chair of PHoCuS Group

I joined the SAPC executive as an elected member in 2016, becoming the joint lead for the Primary Health Care Scientists (PHoCuS) Group with Dr Julia Hiscock in January 2018. 

In terms of background, I am a social scientist who has worked in academic primary care for over 15 years. In November 2017 I joined the University of Leeds as a professor of primary care research. Before that, I was the Deputy Director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit (ExeCTU) and senior lecturer in at the University of Exeter Medical School. 

As a primary health care scientist, I work extensively alongside clinical colleagues providing methodological support for primary care research. From a methodological perspective, I specialise in quantitative methods that support the design and evaluation of complex interventions in applied health care settings (clinical trials and observational methods), the development and testing of participant reported outcome measures, and the evidence synthesis (systematic reviews).

My research focuses on two areas: (i)  ‘Ageing Well’ - evaluating the quality and effectiveness of health and social care interventions for older people, and the provision of innovative services to improve health and well-being in later life (e.g. intermediate and rehabilitation services; mentoring and social interventions); and (ii) assessing user experiences and quality of care, including developing and measuring patient views relating to the quality of health care services (e.g. user experiences of out-of-hours services; patient satisfaction with intermediate care; quality indicators for older people’s care) and the monitoring of receipt of access to quality-indicated care.

 

ORCID ID: 
0000-0003-1416-0569

Articles on this site

24 Apr 2017

PhoCus - The group for Primary Healthcare Scientists

25 Jun 2016

 

Quotes from mentees of their experience of the SAPC mentorship programme

08 Dec 2015

 

The aim of the SAPC Mentorship Programme is to support academic colleagues working in departments of Primary Care.  The Programme was established initially to help primary health care scientists (non-GPs), who, because of their heterogeneous core disciplines have no other single support scheme.  We are delighted that SAPC is now able to extend the scheme to GP members.  The mentorship scheme is designed to have a positive impact on career aspirations and development for such professionals and enhance their research productivity and leadership.  In order to build a clear pathway, and community of mentorship practice, it is essential that the scheme is led and delivered by the most experienced researchers and clinical leaders from similar backgrounds.

18 Nov 2015

Are you interested in becoming a mentor for SAPC?

The aim of the SAPC-PHoCuS Mentorship Programme is to support primary health care scientists  (ie non-medical colleagues)  working in departments of Primary Care, who, because of their heterogeneous core disciplines have no other single support scheme.  The mentorship scheme is designed to have a positive impact on career aspirations and development for such professionals and enhance their research productivity and leadership. SAPC has a group of trained mentors and would like to hear from others who would like to become a mentor.

 

18 Nov 2015

Are you interested in becoming a mentee with SAPC?

The Mentorship scheme has been established by the primary healthcare scientists (PHoCuS) group (non-medical members) and the SAPC Executive to develop an increased number of primary health care scientists capable of operating at a world-class level and able to become the academic leaders of the future. 

29 Sep 2015

We have a mentoring scheme for academics that allows us to help enhance your career. Details of the mentors and their areas of interest are described