Dr Michelle Chatwin

Consultant Physiotherapist in Respirtatory Support Service

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London

Michelle Chatwin is a Consultant Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK. She has worked at the Brompton for 20 years, and worked in the Respiratory Support Department for 15 years under the lead of Prof Anita Simonds. The Respiratory Support Department specialises in noninvasive ventilation (NIV) and trachesotomy ventilation. Michelle’s specialist area is complex ventilation in adults and children and airway clearance techniques in individuals requiring ventilator support. Her post is both clinical and research, where she practices autonomously. She therefore has daily hands on practice in this field. Her current research activities include the EAMS Idebenone program in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and evaluation of mechanical insufflation-exsufflation devices.

Michelle completed her PhD with Imperial College, London in 2006 which was around non-invasive respiratory support in neuromuscular disorders (NMD). She has 24 peer reviewed papers of which she is first or last author for 11. She regularly reviews manuscripts for a selection of journals. She has won 4 ERS research awards.

Michelle has been invited to present around the world as well as nationally and locally. She was on the British Thoracic Society committee for the respiratory management of children with NMD and was part of the ERS HERMES Physiotherapy task force. She also regularly is invited to speak at the ERS schools for basic and advanced NIV. She is also on the executive committee for JIVD and is co-organising the home mechanical ventilation conference in Lyon in 2021.