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Dr Jane Simmonds
4th Floor
Institute of Child Health
University College London
London
WC1
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Appointment
  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Infection, Immunity & Inflammation Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Dr Simmonds is Co Deputy Director (Education) at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Lead for the MSc Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy and Paediatric Studies. She is also Faculty Graduate Tutor (Taught) and physiotherapy clinical lead at the London Hypermobility Unit. Dr Simmonds is adjunct Associate Professor at her Alma Mater, Curtin University in Western Australia, where she studied undergraduate and post graduate physiotherapy.

Research Summary

Dr 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. Dr Simmonds has successfully supervised 75 MSc student projects, many of which have been disseminated at national and international conferences and in 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. 


Dr 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 is leading on an international data base of research elements for allied health professionals. 

Teaching Summary

Dr 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. 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, 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 Dr Anne Peasey and helped to facilitate the transformation to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most recently Dr Simmonds has joined Professor Helen Bedford as Co Deputy Director of Education at GOS ICH. 


Jane has a long standing commitment to equaity and diversity in teaching. She is the education lead for the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Race Equality Group. 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 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. 


Through all these experiences, Dr Simmonds 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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