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Dr Una Jones

Dr Una Jones

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87789
Room 3.42, Ty Dewi Sant, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Available for postgraduate supervision


My main interest is in physical activity in people with compromised respiratory function. This includes people with primary respiratory problems and those with respiratory dysfunction as a consequence of neurodegenrative conditions. My PhD study, 'Respiratory function in people with Huntington's disease: Investigation and Intervention' although focused on one neurodegenerative condition, provides the basis for investigation of respiratory function in people with long term neurological conditions. 

I am the programme manager for the School of Healthcare Sciences Professional Doctorate programme and teach on research and cardiorespiratory modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

I am a member of the Cardiff HD Physiotherapy group ( the Physiotherapy Working Group of the European Huntington's Disease Society ( and lead the Editorial Board of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care ( )

1988 BSc Physiotherapy University of Ulster

1993 Dip Teaching of Physiotherapy Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

1995 MSc Medial Education University of Wales College of Medicine.

2015 PhD Cardiff University

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care
  • Health and Care Professionals Council
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic positions

Change Champion Assessment, Cardiff University 2005 - 2008. The key tasks within this role were the development of the Cardiff University Assessment Strategy and support for the implementation of the strategy at School level. Part of this role involved the development of an e-module for academic staff on effective feedback to students.

Committees and reviewing

Committee member: British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee














My main teaching areas in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are physiotherapy management of respiratory problems and research methods.

My research focus is on promotion of physical activity in people with compromised respiratory function. My current project is the co-production of a physical activity pathway for people with Huntington's disease to be used in Huntington's disease clinics.

My research impacts on the management of people with Huntington's disease through the European Huntington's Disease Network Physiotherapy Guidance document (

Research Grants


Huntington’s Disease Association Identification of challenges and development of strategies to promote physical activity for people with Huntington’s disease within Huntington’s disease clinics Jones U, Hamana K, Busse M, Rosser A September 2017- August 2019 (£10,300) 


Wellcome Trust/Cardiff University ISSF Development of a self-sustaining community of Huntington’s disease walkers in Wales Jones U, Hamana K, Busse M, Vougioukalou S, Rosser A, Jones M, Holmes K  January 2016-December 2016 (£9,240)


European Huntington's Disease network Feasibility and benefit of inspiratory muscle training in people with Huntington's Disease ( £38,383)


Physiotherapy Research Foundation Scheme B. Respiratory Function in people with Huntington' s disease: a cross sectional study ( £6,500)

Research Capacity Building Consortium Wales PhD studentship. Respiratory Function in people with Huntington's disease: a cross sectional study ( £51,558 over 5 years)

I am interested in supervising studies looking at:

Physical activity and people with respiratory problems

Physical activity and people with neurodegenerative conditions