"As a senior play specialist on the Evelina Children's Hospital's paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), I work with very sick children and their families.
"I was a nursery nurse before I worked in the NHS. I qualified as a hospital play specialist before coming here and have had plenty of opportunities to develop my skills further. I've recently completed training in diversity and in working with bereaved children and I am training to be a baby massage practitioner.
"I try to bring some normality into children's lives through play, helping them to reach their developmental milestones, providing games and activities to alleviate boredom or to distract them from their illness for a while. I also support siblings during bereavement, which is tough but worthwhile.
"I love my job. It often involves lots of mess - playing with paint or foam and allowing the child to have fun in a very clinical environment. Seeing a child smile or achieving a milestone always feels great.
"Lots of the families return to the ward to say goodbye when their children are going home or send letters with photographs of their children once home. It is lovely to see them well again.
"The Evelina is so light and colourful and spacious and it’s great to work in a large PICU with such fantastic facilities and staff. I get a real buzz from knowing that I am working with some of the best people around."