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Jakki Colwill

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Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Sciences (Cardiac Physiology)

I am a Senior Lecturer in Physiology, specialising in Cardiac and Respiratory Physiology at the University of Sunderland.

Alongside university and education, my background is in Clinical Cardiology. I have 30 years' service and experience within Cardiology in the NHS as a Senior Cardiac Physiologist working in several hospital Trusts throughout the North East of England since 1991, and as Cardiology Service Manager for six years. I hold a degree and masters qualification in Advanced Clinical Cardiology and hold a professional accreditation in cardiac ultrasound – echocardiography (BSE).

I maintain my clinical skills and knowledge by performing regular clinical cardiac ultrasound sessions to a range of patients in a busy NHS Cardiology Department in our region.

This range of clinical experience and continued professional practice allows me to stay current, engage with clinical and professional practice, which I can transfer into my teaching.

Teaching and supervision

Currently I teach on BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science – Cardiac Physiology and support clinical placements as a placement link tutor.

I am module leader for HCS109, HCS110, HCS233 and HCS338 and support teaching Cardiac Physiology on BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science.

I also support the Medical School teaching cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography).

My area of expertise within the NHS setting is in cardiac ultrasound – Echocardiography.

Research interests for potential research students

Cardiac and Respiratory Physiology.


My specific areas of interest are in Cardiology, particularly heart disease, valve disease, heart failure and Cardiac diagnostic investigations such as ECG and echocardiography.

I am also interested in clinical leadership and developing patient pathways which promote patient centred care.

I am actively involved as co-author in current research within the university collaborating with Sport Physiology team to look at effects of Cardiac & Respiratory parameters following an 8-week exercise intervention.

I supervise and support final year graduates in their research projects.

My experience and knowledge lie within Clinical Cardiology in particular, ECG and Cardiac Ultrasound – Echocardiography.
  • Member of RCCP
  • Member of Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS)
  • Member of Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (SCST)
  • Member of British Society of Echocardiography (BSE)
  • Expert advisor for NICE

Last updated 23 September 2022