Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Jill Cadwgan

Associate Clinical Researcher


I am a consultant in paediatric neurodisability at the Evelina London Children's Hospital and an Associate Clinical Researcher at Newcastle University. I am the Honorary Secretary of the British Academy of Childhood Disability.

My clinical and research interests are:
- Management of motor disorders.
- Feeding, nutrition, and visual impairment in children with cerebral palsy and other complex medical and developmental needs.
- Facilitating participation and improving function in children with cerebral palsy and other complex medical and developmental needs.


MBChB (Leeds, 2000)

MRCPCH (2003)

PGCertClinEd (Newcastle, 2006)

CCT paediatric neurodisability (2009)

Previous positions

Consultant in child development and neurodisability and clinical lead in neurodisability at the Great North Children's Hospital.

*Previously Jill Kisler


My research interests include development of services for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and the development of evidence based clinical practice in neurodisability. 


2017 – Present: NIHR HTA (Co-applicant). Focus on Early Eating Drinking and Swallowing review.

2014 – 2017: NIHR HTA £254,174 (Chief Investigator). Standing frames as part of postural management for children with spasticity. What is the acceptability of a trial to determine the efficacy of standing frames?


2013 – 2015: Wellchild £57,000, the Castang Foundation £60,000, The Children's Foundation £21,000, British Academy of Childhood Disability £25,000 (Principal Investigator). Trial of Glycopyrronium versus Hyoscine to treat drooling in children - DRI Trial (Drooling Reduction Intervention).


 2012 – 2014: BACD Paul Polani Research Award £7,473 (Co-Principal Investigator with Dr Anna Basu). The use of taping to improve thumb and wrist posture and hand use in infants with non-progressive brain lesions affection hand function.


2013 – 2014: Action Research £109,372 (Co-applicant). Augmented Reality Stories for Upper Limb Rehabilitation of Preschool Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy.


2011 – 2014: NIHR RfPB £257,000. Trial of Bespoke Video Games to improve Bimanual Function. Limbs Alive Use of video games to provide motivating, child centred therapy to improve bimanual skills for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.


2011 – 2012: FSF funding £78,336 (Co-applicant). Development of computer based "app" technology to produce interactive stories for infants and toddlers with hemiplegia as therapeutic intervention tools.


2011: WellChild funding £46,733 (Responsible Clinician). Play-based therapy to improve upper limb function in young children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.


2010 – 2011: FSF funding £7,087 (Responsible Clinician). Decision-making in gastrostomy feeding of children with Neurodevelopmental disabilities "Supporting families considering gastrostomy"


I am committed to clinical learning and teaching and completed my Certificate of Clinical Education as a trainee. My roles have included:

Y1: Co-ordinator from "Growing Child" component of curriculum
Y3: Paediatric tutor - Essential Junior Rotations
Y4: SSC tutor
Y5: Paediatric tutor - Essential Senior Rotations

Clinical and educational supervision of GRID trainees
Clinical supervision of GPVTS trainees in paediatric rotations
ARCP panel member: Health Education North East 

Course lead for RCPCH How to Manage Course - for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (London, 2017)
Faculty for development of RCPCH-supported Progressing Paediatrics course on managing abnormal tone, posture, and movements in children with neurodevelopmental disorders (London 2013, York 2014, Birmingham 2015)
Faculty for Paediatric Epilepsy Training (PET) Level 1 + 2 course.