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Dr Harriet Shannon
WTB Level 4
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 02079052689
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  • Associate Professor
  • Infection, Immunity & Inflammation Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr Harriet Shannon qualified with a BSc in physiotherapy in 2003, from the University of Nottingham. After completing core clinical rotations in Stoke-on-Trent, she took up post as a research physiotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children two years later. Dr Shannon worked on several projects within the intensive care units at the hospital, with a focus on quantifying respiratory physiotherapy techniques and effects. This led to her own doctoral work (2008-2011), supervised by Professor Janet Stocks and Professor Eleanor Main.

After completing her doctoral studies, Dr Shannon took up post as teaching fellow on the newly established UCL cardiorespiratory physiotherapy postgraduate education programmes. She was promoted to senior teaching fellow in 2014 and has been programme lead for cardiorespiratory physiotherapy education since 2015.

Research Summary

Dr Harriet Shannon was a co-applicant on a successful funding bid for £250,000 from the UCL Rosetrees Stoneygate Prize 2017 for ‘Project Fizzyo’. This unique project is working to develop and implement a sustainable remote monitoring platform for clinicians and researchers, facilitating improvements in physiotherapy adherence, prescription and prediction of clinical outcomes in children and young people with cystic fibrosis. The award provided funding for a computer science postdoctoral fellowship to develop novel methods for automated real time analysis of data captured remotely (regression modelling, machine learning) and a data dashboard display to assist clinicians caring for children with cystic fibrosis in clinics and hospitals. It also funded a physiotherapy PhD studentship to undertake a clinical, analytic longitudinal observational cohort study (using remote monitoring) to quantify relationships between clinical outcomes and adherence to airway clearance techniques and exercise in children with cystic fibrosis. Dr Shannon is secondary supervisor to the physiotherapy PhD student, Emma Raywood, who successfully upgraded from MPhil to PhD in July 2019. She is also secondary supervisor to Emma Shkurka, who is in her first year of an NIHR funded doctoral fellowship. Emma Shkurka’s work uses big data to identify and understand the risk factors for physiological instability and adverse events associated with chest physiotherapy in ventilated children.

Dr Shannon has supervised over 50 MSc physiotherapy research students’ projects since 2006, many of whom have presented their work at national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Most recently, Dr Shannon took a group of six alumni to the World Congress of Physical Therapy 2019 in Switzerland, to present their research.

Dr Harriet Shannon completed her own doctoral studies in 2011 and was awarded a PhD from UCL for her research exploring the safety and efficacy of paediatric cardiorespiratory on-call physiotherapy in intensive care. Her current research interests focus on the effectiveness of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy in both adult and paediatric intensive care, and exploring the clinometric properties of physiotherapy-oriented outcome measures.

Dr Shannon is vice chair of the Council for Allied Health Professionals’ Research (CAHPR) regional hub forum (2017 to date), and has been co-chair of the London hub for 5 years. In this role she promotes and supports clinical research, and has been successful in developing a small grants scheme for novice researcher. Dr Shannon was research officer for the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (2011 to 2014).

Teaching Summary

Dr Shannon is programme lead for cardiorespiratory physiotherapy education at UCL (2016-date). She is responsible for the smooth running of the course, as well as having strategic input into the way the module content is delivered. Dr Shannon is responsible for 9 taught modules, and provides support and mentorship to five senior teaching fellows. She was nominated for a students’ union ‘Student Choice Award’ in 2019 for inspiring teaching delivery, and in 2018 for supportive staff member.

Her particular interests focus on providing strong pastoral care to postgraduate students, many of whom have to juggle work and family life alongside their studies, or who come from overseas without a strong support network. She presented her research at the HEA international education conference in Manchester (2017), and at several UCL education conferences.

Dr Harriet Shannon is lead Arena Fellow for SLMS and Arena assessor for Senior and Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy. She supports individuals and groups in making their application to the HEA and provides mentorship for those who wish to progress to Fellowship.

Dr Shannon is education champion for the ACPRC (Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care). In this role she organises up to 6 short courses per year, and a biennial physiotherapy conference. The most recent conference (held in Birmingham in 2019) attracted over 250 delegates and sponsors and was the most successful in terms of numbers and feedback.


Academic Background
2014   Master of Arts University of Nottingham
2011   Doctorat University College London
2003   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Nottingham
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