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Breathing Pattern Disorders

Mar 31, 2021

Live recording of 'PCD Live: Breathing Pattern Disorders' Hosted by Lucy Dixon from the PCD Family Support Group UK on 31st March 2021. Kindly edited by Dan Hawkins.

What's the talk about?

3 PCD specialist physiotherapists led a session on breathing pattern disorders and physiotherapy in PCD. Meet the team! Hannah, Liz and Lynne work together with the other PCD physiotherapists as part of the National PCD Management Service.


Hannah Wilkins is a respiratory physiotherapist who has been working for the University hospital Southampton paediatric PCD service for the past 4 years. She worked with adults with cystic fibrosis for many years in both Bristol and then London. When she moved with her young family to Hampshire 5 years ago an exciting opportunity opened up for her to join the paediatric PCD team there. She has loved working with the children and young people in her centre and helping develop the PCD service there. The development of the adult PCD service is a very exciting time for PCD with the opportunities it gives in helping us understand the condition more and working together to ensure that we are providing a service that focuses on all aspects of having PCD.


Liz Shepherd has been a respiratory physiotherapist at Southampton General Hospital since 2012. During her time in Southampton she has worked with people with many different lung diseases including cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and COPD. Liz has also spent time working as a researcher and until recently was involved in a large trial in Southampton which helped to improve medication adherence in people with cystic fibrosis. Liz has been with the Southampton adult PCD team since it started in September last year. She has really enjoyed the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of patients in the adult PCD service and to use her knowledge of respiratory conditions to improve their health and wellbeing.


Lynne Schofield is a respiratory physiotherapist who has been working in the North of England Paediatric PCD Service for 8 years. Lynne had worked with young people with PCD in her previous role as a physiotherapist in Bradford, this is the area with the highest rate of people with PCD. She's super enthusiastic about all things to do with sputum clearance and really enjoys supporting young people with PCD to stay well through using regular airway clearance and exercise. 

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