I trained as a physiotherapist (registered in 1984), and worked in women's health (broadly) and continence (specifically) for 10 years (New Zealand and UK). I am no longer registered and no longer practice. For the last 20 years I've been a full time researcher and academic (NZ and UK). Most research is clinically applied, continence-related, and most relates to conservative management of female UI. Most recently this includes the application of behaviour change strategies in exericse-based interventions to promote uptake and adherence. I lead and supervise research using a wide range of methods - everying from randomised trials to phenomenological (qualitative) designs - and have an in depth knowledge of pelvic floor muscle training research through my work on evidence synthesis (e.g. methods include Cochrane reviews, qualitative meta-synthesis, meta-study, and critical interpretative synthesis). I also teach university courses about all of these research methods. I am an editor of Cochrane Incontinence, and I was member of the conservative management committee of the 1st and 2nd International Consultations on Incontinence, and chaired the conservative management committee for the 3rd and 4th ICI. I am an experienced teacher, with a history of excellent course evaluations, from undergraduate and postgraduate students, and from clinical workshops and seminars.
Dr E Jean C Hay-Smith declared on the Friday 26th April 2019 that they did not have any existing or known future financial relationships or affiliations to disclose (NONE).