3D Bio-Printing Research Technician
Dr Andrew Shearn
Andrew is a life scientist with a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Biology. He has been working at Bristol Children’s Hospital on our 3D Bio-Printing Service since 2018. This ground-breaking service allows for exact copies of patients’ hearts to be printed, revolutionising cardiac surgery for the hundreds of patients treated every year at the hospital.
Family Support Practitioner
Bobby has worked at Bristol Children’s Hospital as a Family Support Practitioner since 2013. Her team offer ongoing support to families of in-patients, helping them to cope with the pressures and complexities that come with having a child in hospital. Bobby also manages two Family Support Volunteers as part of this vital service.
Claire is one of our dedicated Music Therapists and has been part of the team since 2015. Visiting each ward with a trolley full of instruments Claire helps patients process the difficult feelings they experience whilst in hospital through making music together.
Karen has worked as a Music Therapist at Bristol Children’s Hospital since 2013. Karen works across Bristol Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit delivering music therapy sessions either at a patient’s bedside or in groups.
Family Support Practitioner
Katie joined us as a Family Support Practitioner in 2019. When you have a child in hospital, you may need extra support – whether that’s psychological, financial, or simply a shoulder to cry on. Katie and the team help families deal with the pressures and complexities that come with having a child in hospital.
Lucy joined in October 2019. In her role as Practice Educator, she helps Nursing Assistants across the hospital by supporting their education and development as well as making sure they have all the tools they need to succeed.
At the helm of our diverse arts programme is Lynne. She has been our dedicated Arts Coordinator since 2018 after 17 years as Play Centre Manager at Bristol Children’s Hospital. She works with Bristol’s wealth of creative talent, whether it be artists, musicians or theatre groups to create an inclusive programme of exciting activities for children and their families.
Sensory Play Practitioner
Marius started as our Sensory Play Practitioner in 2017. Working with a range of children with special additional needs across all specialties, Marius helps children with their development by exploring an array of sights, sounds, and surfaces. Sensory play provides an important opportunity for patients to engage with the world around them.
Young Persons Involvement Worker
As a Young Persons Involvement Worker, Sarah works with The Youth Involvement Group to ensure the voices of young patients are heard across Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Oncology Play Assistant
Sian started working at Bristol Children’s Hospital as an Oncology Play Assistant in 2019. Whether at a child’s bedside or in Starlight Ward’s dedicated playroom, Sian helps to support brave young patients diagnosed with cancer by inviting them to take part in a variety of engaging and playful activities.