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Dr Jane Simmonds
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Institute of Child Health
University College London
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Infection, Immunity & Inflammation Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Jane Simmonds is Programme Lead for the MSc Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy, Paediatric Studies and Co Deputy Director for Education at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Faculty Graduate Tutor (Taught) and physiotherapy clinical lead at the London Hypermobility Unit. 

Originally from Western Australia, Jane completed undergraduate degrees in Physical Education (Human Performance) and Physiotherapy at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University respectively. She worked in the public health service and coached elite and recreational athletes before undertaking post graduate musculoskeletal physiotherapy education and specialising in treating children and adults with neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

Jane came to the UK in 1992 and has worked in the NHS, private practice and occupational health for ITV and the Financial Times. She has combined working in higher education with clinical work since 2000. In 2010 Jane completed her professional doctorate entitled Advancing Practice in Hypermobility and Osteoporosis which combined primary research with translational education. In 2014 she took up her current position in the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and combines leading the MSc Paediatric Physiotherapy programmes and research with clinical work in The London Hypermobility Unit at The Wellington Hospital where she heads up the Physiotherapy team. Jane specialises in helping children and families to manage hypermobility related problems such as recurrent subluxations, chronic pain, chronic fatigue,  dysautonomia and Long Covid.  Sub specialties include prevention and management of osteoporosis and sports and performing arts injuries in young people. Jane is physiotherapy/ medical advisor to three patient charities, EDS Support UK,  the HMSA and PoTS UK and AHP  member of the medical and scientific board of the international EDS Society.

Research Summary

Jane completed her doctorate entitled 'Advancing Practice in Osteoporosis and Hypermobility' in 2010. Research interests include; online accessible, inclusive education, Hypermobility, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, cardiac and gastrointestinal dysautonomia, bone heath, adolescent sport and performing arts injuries, exercise prescription and behaviour change. Jane has published widely and presents regularly at national and international conferences in the field of hypermobility, Ehlers Danlos syndrome and osteoporosis. Jane has supervised more than 70 MSc student projects, many of which have been disseminated at national and international conferences and peer reviewed journals. She is currently supervising two PhD students, one in the field of screening in elite ballet in collaboration with the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health and the Royal Ballet Company, the other in collaboration with Trinity University Dublin in the field of paediatric symptomatic hypermobility. 

Jane was a member of the steering committee for the largest NIHR funded physiotherapy trial in the UK - (PROVE) Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures based at Oxford University. She is an international advisor for the Journal of Musculoskeletal Science and Practice and reviews regularly for several journals, national and international funding bodies and national and international physiotherapy conferences. Additionally Jane is Chair of the International Ehlers Danlos Consortium working group, has led the POTS (Postural Tachycardia Syndrome) exercise guidelines for POTS UK. Moreover Jane is the physiotherapy representative on the international Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Society medical and scientific board and an adjunct Associate Professor  at Curtin University in Western Australia. She is the research officer for the Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists.

Teaching Summary

Jane began contributing to physiotherapy education in 2000 as a module leader on the MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UCL. She later became the course coordinator for MSc in Advanced Sports Physiotherapy programme. In 2006 she moved to the University of Hertfordshire (UH) where she undertook developed knoweldge and expertise in blended and distance learning. While at UH she undertook a variety of roles including; Programme Lead for the MSc in Sport Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention, Physiotherapy Research Lead, Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator and Professional lead for Physiotherapy. Her contribution to teaching was acknowleged when she was awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for Enhancing the Student Experience and Success of Graduates. Since returning to UCL in 2014, Jane has become the programme Lead for Paediatric Physiotherapy, Faculty Graduate Tutor (taught) where she has co led the creation of assessment and feedback guidelines with Dr Anne Peasey and helped to facilitate the transformation to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most recently Jane has joined Professor Helen Bedford as Co Deputy Directors of Education at GOS ICH. 

Jane has led and contributed to several undergraduate and post graduate physiotherapy, sport and allied health education programmes. Moreover she has contributed to many internal and external programme validation and review panels and is an experienced external examiner in higher education. Jane has developed interests and expertise in blended and distance learning and led over 70 short courses, symposia and study days. Most recently she has led the development of an accessible online short course in Fundamental of Paediatric Physiotherapy funded by a UCL innovations grant. 

Through all these experiences, Jane has developed a thorough understanding of healthcare delivery, education and physiotherapy research. Jane is passionate about enhancing the student experience and the translation of research into practice through education to ensure best quality provision of physiotherapy and healthcare. Her work at UCL was acknowleged in 2019 when she was awarded the Provost Education Award for outstanding contribution to education.

Academic Background
2017   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London/King's College London
2010   Doctor of Philosophy Middlesex University
2005   Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Education Middlesex University
2003   Master of Fine Arts Central St. Martin's School of Art and Design
1998   Postgraduate Diploma Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia
1985   Bachelor of Applied Science Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia
1983   Bachelor of Education University of Western Australia
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