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Prof Jane Simmonds
4th Floor
Institute of Child Health
University College London
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  • Professor (Teaching)
  • Infection, Immunity & Inflammation Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Originally from Perth Western Australia where she was educated at the University of Western Australia and Curtin Unversity Jane Simmonds is Professor of Physiotherapy and Health Education. Professor Simmonds is Co Director of Education at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Lead for the MSc/PGDip/PGCert  Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy and Paediatric Studies and a Faculty Graduate Tutor (Taught). Alongside her education and research work, Jane is the physiotherapy clinical lead at Central Health Physiotherapy, London Hypermobility Unit. 

Research Summary

Professor Simmonds'  research interests span healthcare education and applied clinical research. Jane has published widely and presents regularly at national and international conferences in the field of innovative and accessible education, hypermobility, Ehlers Danlos syndromes and dysautonomia. Research and education grants amount to over £400,000K. Professor Simmonds has successfully supervised over 100 MSc student projects, many of which have been disseminated at national and international conferences and in peer reviewed journals. She has successfully supervised 1 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. She is currently supervising one other PhD student in collaboration with Trinity University Dublin in the field of paediatric symptomatic hypermobility. 

Professor Simmonds is the research officer for the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists and the physiotherapy representative on the international Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Society medical and scientific board. As chair of the AHP International Ehlers Danlos Consortium working group she has lead on an  international data base of research elements for allied health professionals and education workshops.

Teaching Summary

Professor Simmonds 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 while teaching sports rehabilitatin at Middlesex University. In 2006 she moved to the University of Hertfordshire (UH) where she 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, she has become the Lead for Paediatric Physiotherapy and promoted to Associate Professor (Teaching). She is a Faculty Graduate Tutor (Taught) where she has co led the creation of assessment and feedback guidelines with Professor Anne Peasey and helped to facilitate the transformation to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most recently in 2021 Professor Simmonds joined Professor Helen Bedford as Co Deputy Director of Education at GOS ICH. 

Professor Simmonds 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.  She also has a long standing commitment to equality and diversity in teaching and is the education lead for the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Race Equality Group. Professor Simmonds has contributed to many internal and external programme validation and review panels and is an experienced external examiner in higher education. Professor Simmonds has developed interests and expertise in blended and distance learning and led over 100 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. Her current focus is on leading curricular change related to sustainability and climate change within Great Ormond Street Institute of child Health.

Through all these experiences, Professor Simmonds has developed a thorough understanding of healthcare delivery, education and physiotherapy research.  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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