Interview with a play specialistBMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.j5783 (Published 08 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:j5783
- Sally Carter, technical editor, The BMJ
Jenny Dyer is play specialist team leader at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London. She qualified as a nursery nurse from Princess Christian College, Manchester in 1984. She worked as a children’s nanny before going to GOSH. She qualified as a play specialist in 1994 and became a play team leader in 1999.
What made you decide to become a play specialist?
When I came to GOSH I worked as a nursery nurse, carrying out basic nursing duties, but part of my role was also providing play activities, particularly for the long stay patients. My interest in the play role came from there. I wanted to concentrate on the play aspect rather than the nursing side of the role, so I became part of the play team in 1993.
Can you explain what the play team does?
Within the play department, play specialists and play workers provide a play service with a holistic approach to the children and families who come to Great Ormond Street. The patients we help are aged between 0 and 18-19 years …