What is your current role, and more specifically what is your role in the neonatal unit?
I am a speech and language therapist. My role is in the area of infant feeding and swallowing, as well as early communication and development.
I work with infants and their families on the neonatal unit to help provide positive early feeding experiences, develop feeding skills, and minimise risks to the respiratory tract and chest health.
My role is also to support infants' neurodevelopment, including their communication and language skills.
What is your passion?
My passion is making sure every baby is given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, especially in developing their feeding and communication skills, regardless of the circumstances they were born in. Early identification and intervention to prevent difficulties is essential. Early experiences can have a huge impact on children's development and their families' lives.
I’m also very passionate about equality and inclusion in healthcare and the workplace. I am an inclusion agent and part of equality, diversity and inclusion steering groups in the Trust and in other professional organisations.
What is your favourite part of your job?
My favourite part of my job is when I’m teaming up with families, learning about their priorities and goals, then coming up with strategies to achieve these goals together. Seeing families feel empowered to provide the best care for their babies is priceless.
What is your proudest moment?
My proudest moments are usually when a parent says that the strategies we’ve implemented for their baby have worked, and that their baby is now starting to show new skills like latching onto the breast or sucking on a dummy, or that they are feeding with more ease. It is always a special moment when, as therapists, we are able to say that a baby is showing developmental progress and a positive response to therapy. This can allow other important decisions to be made, like proceeding with medical treatment.
What does being part of Evelina London mean?
It’s like finding a home – a home with passionate, kind, open-minded, humble, and magnificently talented people all working tirelessly and going above and beyond. Everyone is trying to achieve a common goal: doing what is best for our patients. It's an inspiring community I’m very proud to be part of. I don’t believe any other workplace can be quite like Evelina London.
Thank you to the children and young people who have so brilliantly illustrated our blog pages.