Jennie Sheehan

Clinical Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

Jennie is a Chartered and state-registered physiotherapist with many years of experience in Paediatrics. She has worked for most of her career in Paediatric Neuromuscular Disorders, working at a number of specialist centres, including The Hammersmith Hospital with Professor Dubowitz, then Professor Muntoni. When working at Guys Hospital ,she was involved in both the Paediatric and Adult Neuromuscular clinics. For the last 11 years she has been at The Evelina London Childrens Hospital. She also has experience as a paediatric community physiotherapist, and is therefore very aware of the challenges that are met by the therapists working in different environments.

She works as part of the MDT team at The Evelina London, carrying out standardised assessments, providing Clinical management and advice to families and local physiotherapists. She works closely with the orthopaedic and respiratory physiotherapy teams, and also the orthotists.

Jennie was one of the developers of the North Star Ambulatory Assessment for DMD, which after publication, became widely recognised and adopted as the standardised assessment of choice for many research studies in DMD, both nationally and internationally, and is also an essential part of the Northstar national database. She is the physiotherapy representative on the national Northstar steering committee.

Jennie has been involved in a number of research projects and publications, the most recent being the national study on Hydrotherapy in DMD, as the independent assessor of prescription suitability and compliance. She has set up, and continued to run, the South East Physiotherapy Network for NMD. She is a member of APCP and the APCP Neuromuscular group, and was previously a committee member.

Jennie is the lead for a small team of specialist physiotherapists in Neuromuscular Disorders at Evelina London.