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RuthAnn Fanstone

RuthAnn Fanstone

PhD Student

RuthAnn is a physiotherapist who has 15 years experience working in the field of burns and plastic surgery in the NHS, private and charitable sectors both in the UK and internationally.  Her main interest is the prevention and treatment of scar and sequalae, burn rehabilitation and broad and innovative strategies to improve outcomes for burn patients. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research in the field of burn contracture in low and middle income countries.

RuthAnn has an MSc in Health Service Management from the University of London (UCL) and further qualifications in international health consultancy. She has been lead physiotherapist in burns and plastics in 3 of the major burn units in the UK and gained experience from some of the leading burn services in the world through observational internships at The Shriners, Galveston, Harborview, Seattle in the USA and Le Ster Centre for Rehabilitation of Burn Injuries in Lamalou France. She has worked and / or taught extensively in burn care in Gaza, West Bank, Ethiopia, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tanzania and Malawi. This experience has given her opportunity to work with large numbers of burn patients.

RuthAnn has an interest in training and education in burns care. She is involved in burn care charities as Director of Rehabilitation for Interburns, and Consultant with the Katie Piper Foundation. She has pioneered and delivered Scar Academy courses in the UK – on advanced scar management and scar outcome measures. She is a trainer and module developer in burns care for the UK International Trauma and Emergency Register and contributes to the MSc in Burns Care, Queen Mary University London.

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