Dr Steven Ariss, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Steven Ariss

University of Sheffield,
Regent Court,
30 Regent Street,
S1 4DA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 5426
E-mail: s.ariss@sheffield.ac.uk


I have a BA in Sociology, a PhD in Health Studies from the University of York and a PgCert in Learning and Teaching. I previously coordinated an NHS Research Network for Older People´s Mental Health and came to ScHARR from the Bradford Dementia Group (University of Bradford) in January 2009.
I am a health services researcher with an interest in qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods, and complex programme evaluation (including Realist and Developmental Evaluation). I was the Lead Evaluator for the CLAHRC-South Yorkshire programme and am leading the evaluation of new technologies in the combined Yorkshire and Humber CLAHRC. I also have a diverse ongoing programme of research, development, evaluation and service redesign in the use of technology for healthcare, including automated data collection, electronic care records and online dashboard development. I also have an interest in using Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMS) for service improvement, and carry out qualitative data analysis for the National Audit for Intermediate Care.
As the Health Services Research Section representative for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer I am active in consultancy work. I am also a member of the Research Ethics Committee in ScHARR.

I am experienced in the qualitative analysis of audio/visual data and have been involved in a number of studies using Conversation Analysis methods.
I teach Post Graduate Masters and Undergraduate Medical Students, and supervise PhD and DMedSci students in a range of subjects. I am Module Lead for Complex Evaluation Methods (Masters in Clinical Research), and convene a short course (EPTOCI) Evaluating Programmes, Technology and other Complex Interventions.

Research interests


• Realist (and other ‘theory led’) Evaluations of Programmes and Complex Interventions
• Conversion Analysis & Ethnomethodology
• Mixed and Qualitative Research Methods

Topics of Interest:

• Health Service Organisation and Delivery
• Interdisciplinary Team-Working
• Organisational change management
• Implementation and knowledge transfer
• Use of technology in healthcare (for service development and evaluation)
• Health Care Interactions and Relationships
• Self-Management of Chronic and Long-Term Conditions
• Older People's Community Health Services

Teaching Interests

• Complex Evaluation Methods (Module Lead & Short Course)
• Masters student dissertation supervision
• PhD/DMedSci Supervision
• Masters student work placement supervision

Professional activities

• Journal reviewer for: Social Science and Medicine, Evidence and Policy, British Medical Journal, Qualitative Health Research, Qualitative Sociology, Diabetic Medicine, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Health and Social Care in the Community and Health, Risk and Society
• Grant proposal and research report reviewer for the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (RfPB & HS&DR)
• Member ScHARR Ethics Committee and School for Public Health Research Management Group
• IKT representative for HSR section

Key publications

Current information and non-peer reviewed publications can be found on my ResearchGate profile:
• 2014 (in press) “Collective action for knowledge mobilisation: a realist evaluation of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care” J. Rycroft-Malone, C. Burton, J. Wilkinson, G. Harvey, B. McCormack, R. Baker, S. Dopson, I. Graham, S. Staniszeweska, C. Thompson, S. Ariss, L. Melville-Richards, and L. Williams. NIHR Journals Library 09/1809/1072 HS&DR Final Report.
• 2014 (in press) “On-going collaborative priority-setting: a method of capacity building to reduce the research- practice translational gap” J. Cooke, S. Ariss, C. Smith and J. Read. Health Research Policy and Systems.
• 2014 (in press) “Secondary Analysis of Community Rehabilitation and Intermediate Care - an Information Resource” S. Ariss, P. Enderby, T. Smith, S. Nancarrow, M. Bradburn, D. Harrop , S. Parker, A. McDonnell, S. Dixon, T. Ryan, A. Hayman, M. Campbell. NIHR Journals Library HS&DR - 10/1011/51, Final Report.
• 2014 “Qualitative evaluation of the implementation of the Interdisciplinary Management Tool: a reflective tool to enhance interdisciplinary teamwork using Structured, Facilitated Action Research for Implementation” S. A. Nancarrow, T. Smith, S. Ariss, P. M. Enderby. Health and Social Care in the Community, Accepted Oct 20 2014.
• 2014 “Intention to stay and intention to leave: Are they two sides of the same coin? A cross sectional structural equation modelling study among health and social care workers” S. Pit, S. Nancarrow, J. Bradbury, S. Ariss. Journal of Occupational Health, Advance Publish Date Jun 21 2014.
• 2013 “Ten principles of good interdisciplinary team work” S. Nancarrow, A. Booth, S. Ariss, T. Smith, P. Enderby & A. Roots. Human Resources for Health, 11 (19).
• 2012 “The Impact of Enhancing the Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Working” S. Nancarrow, P. Enderby, S. Ariss, T. Smith, A. Booth, M. Campbell, A. Cantrell, S. Parker. NIHR Final Report, HS&DR - 08/1819/214.
• 2012 “Yorkshire and Humber Health Innovation and Education Cluster: Evaluation Report” S. Ariss, J. Read, K. Ford, C. Smith, J. Thompson, J. Cooke.
• 2011 “The challenges of evaluating large-scale, multi-partner programmes: the case of NIHR CLAHRCs” G. Martin, V. Ward, J.Hendy, E. Rowley, S. Nancarrow, J. Heaton, N. Britten, S. Fielden, & S. Ariss. Evidence and Policy, 7 (4), pp. 489-509.
• 2011 “Implementing health research through academic and clinical partnerships: a realistic evaluation of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)” J.Rycroft-Malone, J. E. Wilkinson, C. R. Burton, G. Andrews, S. Ariss, R. Baker, S. Dopson, I. Graham, G.Harvey, G. Martin, B. G. McCormack, S. Staniszewska and C. Thompson. Implementation Science, 19; 6(1): p. 74.
• 2011 “NIHR CLAHRC for South Yorkshire, Internal Evaluation Report” S. Ariss, J. Cooke, C. Smith, J. Read, S. Nancarrow.
• 2009 “Interdisciplinary Management Tool – Workbook” T. Smith, A. Booth, A. Blinston, S. Ariss & S. Nancarrow. ISBN: 1 900752 22 0
• 2009 “Asymmetrical Knowledge Claims in General Practice Consultations with Frequently Attending Patients: Limitations and Opportunities for Patient Participation” S. Ariss. Social Science and Medicine, 69(6), pp. 908-919.
• 2008 “Health in Mind Programme Evaluation: Final Report to the Programme Board”, M. Downs, S. Ariss, R. Newell, D. Potts. http://www.bradfordhealthinmind.nhs.uk/NR/rdonlyres/716D7346-C3CE-44CD-8999-06191D03DDF/65015/Bradford_HealthinMindEvaluation_FinalReport_300608.pdf
• 2008 “Electronic Medical Records in Diabetes Consultations: Participants’ Gaze as an Interactional Resource” P. Rhodes, N. Small, E. Rowley, M. Langdon, S. Ariss, J. Wright. Qualitative Health Research, 18(9), pp.1247-1263.
• 2006 “Piloting a Consumer-Directed Intervention to Improve Primary Care for Dementia in the UK”. S. Ariss, E. Grant, M. Downs, B. Fernandez, R. Gallagher, D. Cherry, M. Barclay. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 5(3), pp.456-462.
• 2006 “Family Carers’ Accounts of General Practice Contacts for their Relatives with Early Signs of Dementia”. M. Downs, S. Ariss, E. Grant, J. Keady, S. Turner, M. Bryans, J. Wilcock, E. Levin, R. O’Carroll & S. Iliffe. Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, 5(3), pp.353-373.