Eleanor Main


Eleanor Main

Eleanor Main has been involved with clinical physiotherapy, teaching and research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Institute of Child Health in University College London for almost 24 years. She qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (1988) and worked as a paediatric physiotherapist at both the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town and then Great Ormond Street Hospital. She completed a BA (English and Psychology) at UNISA in South Africa (1991), an MSc in research methods from King’s College, London (1995) and a PhD in paediatric respiratory physiology from University College London (2001). She was appointed as Lecturer in Children's Physiotherapy Research at UCL in 2001, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007 and to Professor of Physiotherapy in 2015. She has been programme director for the UCL postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Physiotherapy at UCL since 2005, and has supervised five PhD students and 79 MSc project dissertations to date. In 2011 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in London for her ‘significant contribution to education, teaching and learning in the field of cardiorespiratory and paediatric physiotherapy’. Eleanor’s primary research interests relate to outcome measurement and clinical efficacy studies in physiotherapy. This research, resulting in more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, and attracting over £2 million in project grant funding so far, has resulted in substantive advances in the understanding of assessment and treatment of children who require physiotherapy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physiotherapy & Director of UCL Postgraduate Physiotherapy Programme, UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences, University College London, London, UK