Hear from our multi-speciality staff

Meet some of our fantastic multi-speciality staff who feature on Paul O'Grady's Little Heroes to learn more about the work they do at GOSH and the care they provide for patients and families. New stories will be added each week!

Episode 1

Meet Alanna, Play Specialist

"Being in hospital is a difficult time no matter what age you are, and I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to help the children smile and provide positive memories throughout their hospital stay."

Find out more about Alanna's role as a Play Specialist

Meet Mark, Consultant Spinal Surgeon

“My work involves treating children with problems with their spine.There are many common problems that we encounter, but one of the most common is scoliosis." 

Find out more about Mark's work as spinal surgeon

Meet Valeria, Lead Clinical Investigator

“The data is much more powerful than the human eye could capture with any type of assessment. This technology is really useful for tracking movement in progressive diseases where the changes over time are relatively subtle. This is key for developing new therapies.” 

Hear from Valeria how we've been using Artificial Intelligence to understand more about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Episode 2

Meet Sue, Specialist Physiotherapist

“Stretches and a graded exercise programme is vital in promoting the recovery of the muscle function, the correct movement pattern, and the return to function and independence.” 

Find out more about Sue's role as physiotherapist and how it helped Lola's JDM

Meet Maria, Clinical Psychologist

“Helping children understand, recognise and better manage their emotions and actions is deeply rewarding. Supporting children at this young age gives one the opportunity to make meaningful changes to a young person’s life."

Find out more about Maria's work as a clinical psychologist

Meet Claudio, Research Fellow

“VR is a fantastic way of being immersed into a patient’s heart. The overall aim of using VR in our research projects is to help us to explore the cardiac anatomy in an immersive way, providing more detail than ever before."

Hear from Claudio how we are utilising virtual reality and 3D heart modelling

Episode 3

Meet Jelena, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist

"There was a degree of innovation involved (in Noah’s surgery). The procedure was done as minimally invasive key hole surgery which is something very few hospitals would do for children with complex vessels."

Learn how Jelena carried out Noah's nephrectomy

Meet Simon, Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon

“The real joy of the job is looking after the patients, being alongside them and their families and seeing them get better with the support and care we all provide.”

Find out more about Simon's involvement in removing Taylor-Roses's button battery

Meet Chien, Consultant Eye Surgeon

"I love that GOSH enables me to make a real difference to the lifelong sight of children by working with teams filled with people who care and are passionate about children and their health."

Hear more about Chien's work in paediatric Ophthalmology

Episode 4

Meet Lesley, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

“I don’t think research should be an add-on - it’s an integral part of clinical practice.  It is extremely encouraging that there are more opportunities for AHPs and nurses to have the chance to get involved in clinical research both here at GOSH and throughout the UK." 

Find out more about Lesley's role as Lead Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist for Botulinum Toxin Services in Neurodisability

Meet Samira, Associate Specialist in Paediatrics (Dermatology)

"I got the role by pure luck/magic. I saw a job advertised for a paediatrician with special interest in birthmarks and their management. I grabbed the opportunity, applied for the job and got it. This was 25 years ago!"

Find out more about Samira's role as an associate specialist in paediatrics dermatology

Episode 5

Finella, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant

"We look after children with complex medical conditions, some of whom may not live to adulthood. Our role encompasses supporting children and their families to live as well as possible with whatever time they have. And to make the most of the opportunities that come their way."

Find out more about the work of the palliative care team

Paula, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer

"I have been the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) here for 9 years and in that time I have watched my patients grow and fly, I am chuffed to think that I may have had some influence on them that has helped them and their families to always look for solutions and to find the support that they need.” 

Read more about Paula's role as an ECLO

Meet Michael, Senior Operating Department Practitioner

"I try to get them to document their concerns themselves by writing them down, pen to paper. They like that they are heard and taken seriously."

Find out more about Michael's work in supporting children identified as having procedural anxiety

Episode 6

Meet Rebecca, Clinical Nurse Specialist

"Working at GOSH makes you feel like you are part of something special. GOSH has a really amazing energy about it. Wherever you go in the hospital there is always someone who gives you a smile and says hello."

Find out more about Rebecca's role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist

Meet Sara, Consultant Haematologist

"GOSH has one of the largest cancer therapy centres for children in Europe and we specialise in younger-aged children, so it really is a specialist department. "

Find out more about Sara's work in cancer therapy