Prof Suzanne Richards

BSc.(Hons) PhD (Bristol)
Prof Sue Richards
ASM 2021 Conference Committee Chair, SAPC 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 and am Conference Chair for the ASM 2020 in Leeds.

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.



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21 Jan 2021

The Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and the Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health at the University of Leeds is delighted to be hosting the 49th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the SAPC to be held on Wednesday 30th June and Thursday 1st July 2021. 

15 Jan 2019

08.00 - 08.55 on Thursday 4th July 2019 during the SAPC ASM Exeter

PHoCuS group meeting, pastries and coffee will be available from 07.45 to take in to the meeting


Part 1 – update:

  • Membership 
  • Champions
  • Mentoring activity 2018/2019

Part 2 – interactive session on networking and why it’s important