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Dr Jane Simmonds
4th Floor
Institute of Child Health
University College London
  • Principal Teaching Fellow
  • Infection, Immunity & Inflammation Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

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 moving to private practice where she specialised in treating children and adults with musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

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 2005 she completed a post graduate certificate in higher education and in 2010 Jane completed her professional doctorate in hypermobility and osteoporosis. 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 and dysautonomia.  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.

Research Summary

Jane completed her doctorate entitled 'Advancing Practice in Osteoporosis and Hypermobility' in 2010. She was recipient of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) research facilitation award in 2012 and has received grants for a number of research and education projects including a £35,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme and Physiotherapy Education grant for £29,500.00 to support research in elite ballet.

Research interests include; impact of CPD education on professional development, practice and service delivery, 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 successfully supervised more than 40 MSc student projects, many of which have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. She is currently supervising a PhD student in the field of screening in elite ballet in collaboration with the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health and the Royal Ballet Company.

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 reviews regularly for several journals 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 senior research fellow at Curtin University in Western Australia.

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 where 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. 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. As an international leader in hypermobility education and research, Jane regularly delivers masterclass courses,  symposiums and provides mentorship for health professionals and educators. 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 and was recipient of the 2019 UCL Provost Education award for excellence in teaching.
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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