Anita Simonds is a consultant in respiratory and sleep medicine and professor of respiratory and sleep medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.
Professor Simonds has particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnoea and the management of respiratory failure.
She is responsible for managing the sleep and ventilation service at Royal Brompton and in 2013, the team opened the innovative new Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep in South Parade, SW3.
Professor Simonds has wide experience in the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in adults and children with obstructive sleep apnoea, plus application of a range of other treatments for sleep disorders, including intrinsic sleep problems such as restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, circadian disorders and parasomnias. Currently 7000 patients receive CPAP therapy under the care of the dept.
Professor Simonds has additional expertise in acute and chronic non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in adults and children, weaning, respiratory aspects of neuromuscular disease including muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, motor neurone disease and scoliosis assessment.
Her experience includes providing oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and palliative care for individuals with chronic lung disease. She has written on the ethical aspects of duty of care, and the management of children with end stage neuromuscular disease such as type 1 spinal muscular atrophy. Her clinical team care for 1600 adults and children receiving home ventilation.
Recent research projects
Recent research has examined droplet dispersion around non-invasive ventilation, oxygen and nebuliser therapy in pandemic flu and other airborne disease (DH NIHR pandemic flu grant), assessed the effects of obstructive sleep apnoea on cognitive function, and examined innovative modes of ventilation including autotitrating non-invasive ventilation, and adaptive servo ventilation in patients with heart failure.
She is currently carrying out an NIHR CLAHRC-funded randomised controlled trial of telemonitoring in heart and lung failure, and is developing an ‘intelligent’ oxygen delivery system in a joint project with the bioengineering department, Imperial College London.
Research into sleep and ventilation
Watch Dr Simonds and Professor Mary Morrell talk about the research into sleep and ventilation that is being carried out at the Trust.