Professor Anita Simonds is a consultant in respiratory and sleep medicine at the Trust. She is also professor of respiratory and sleep medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.
Areas of expertise
Professor Simonds' areas of expertise include:
- diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders
- obstructive sleep apnoea
- management of respiratory failure
She is responsible for managing the sleep and ventilation service at Royal Brompton Hospital. This also includes the innovative sleep centre, based at Royal Brompton.
Professor Simonds has extensive experience in using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in adults and children with obstructive sleep apnoea. She also uses this for other sleep disorders, such as:
- intrinsic sleep problems
- restless leg syndrome
- circadia disorders
Currently there are over 7000 patients receiving CPAP therapy from the department. She also has expertise in:
- acute and chronic non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in adults and children
- respiratory aspects of neuromuscular disease including:
- muscular dystrophies
- spinal muscular atrophy
- motor neurone disease
- scoliosis assessment
- providing oxygen therapy
- pulmonary rehabilitation
- palliative care for individuals with chronic lung disease
Professor Simonds has written on the ethical aspects of duty of care, managing children with end stage neuromuscular disease, such as type 1 spinal muscular atrophy. Her clinical care team care for 1600 adults and children who receive home ventilation.
Professor Simonds' research includes:
- examining droplet dispersion around NIV, oxygen and nebuliser therapy in pandemic flu and other airborne diseases (DH NIHR pandemic flu grant)
- assessing the effects of obstructive sleep aponea on cognitive function
- examining innovative models of ventilation such as:
- autotitrating non-invasive ventilation
- adaptive servo ventilation in patients with heart failure
She is currently carrying out a trial of telemonitoring in heart and lung failure. This is NIHR CLAHRC-funded, and is a randomised controlled trial. She is also developing an 'intelligent' oxygen delivery system with Imperial College's bioengineering department.
Watch Professor Simonds and Professor Mary Morrell talk about the Trust's research into sleep and ventilation.