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Dr Claire Nolan
Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Mary Seacole 301


Dr Claire Nolan is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy in the Department of Health Sciences and an NIHR Advanced Fellow with clinical expertise in pulmonary rehabilitation.

Dr Nolan completed her PhD in Imperial College London in 2018 on gait speed and prognosis in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Dr Nolan’s research interests include pulmonary and remote rehabilitation strategies, increasing engagement in rehabilitation programmes and outcome measure validation in people with chronic respiratory disease, particularly chronic obstructive disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, as well as multiple long-term conditions. She has expertise in mixed-methodologies, feasibility and randomised controlled trials, cohort studies as well as intervention development.

Dr Nolan is an Honorary Senior Research Physiotherapist in the Harefield Respiratory Research Group, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, and a committee member of the NHSE National Respiratory Programme, NICE Early Value Assessment of digital technologies to deliver pulmonary rehabilitation for adults with COPD and the British Thoracic Society Quality Standards for Pulmonary Rehabilitation committee.


PhD, Imperial College London (2018): Gait speed and prognosis in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

MSC, University College London (2015): Advanced cardiorespiratory physiotherapy (gold medal)

BSc (Hons), University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland (2006)

Newest selected publications

Brightling, CE., Evans, RA., Singapuri, A., Smith, N., Wain, LV., Brightling, CE., et al. (2023) 'Long COVID research: an update from the PHOSP-COVID Scientific Summit'. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 11 (11). pp. e93 - e94. ISSN: 2213-2600 Open Access Link

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Nolan, CM., Brighton, LJ., Mo, Y., Bayly, J., Higginson, IJ., Man, WD-C. and et al. (2023) 'Meditative movement for breathlessness in advanced COPD or cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis'. European Respiratory Review, 32 (168). pp. 1 - 21. ISSN: 0905-9180 Open Access Link

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Edwards, GD., Polgar, O., Patel, S., Barker, RE., Walsh, JA., Harvey, J., et al. (2023) 'Mood disorder in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: response to pulmonary rehabilitation'. ERJ Open Research, 9 (3). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 2312-0541 Open Access Link

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Nolan, CM., Schofield, SJ., Maddocks, M., Patel, S., Barker, RE., Walsh, JA., et al. (2023) 'Change in gait speed and adverse outcomes in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A prospective cohort study'. Respirology, 28 (7). pp. 649 - 658. ISSN: 1323-7799 Open Access Link

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