Annabelle Barnes

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

Over the last three years I have worked as a Research Assistant at Great Ormond Street Hospital/University College London, where I enrol children and young people into research projects for rare cardiovascular conditions. My role involves integration of research activity with clinical care, and I have the privilege of meeting many patients and families at various stages of their hospital journey.

What motivated you to enter paediatric care in the first place?

I’ve worked in patient-facing environments for many years now, but I felt I’d found my calling when I came to paediatrics. I love how there are so many specialist elements to paediatric care, and how there is joy to be found in play or other positive interactions, even in the toughest of situations. My most fulfilling times at work are when I’m interacting with patients, and I find their resilience and outlook on life inspiring.

How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?

The Evie Dove Foundation are so kindly funding my certification in systemic child focused practice; a course that will provide me with a hugely valuable skill set in how to better understand and communicate with patients and families in the context of their diagnosis and lived experience. I am passionate about specialised psychological care for patients facing uniquely challenging circumstances, and I hope to be able to contribute to this.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

Through colleagues at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Tell us about yourself!

I’m from St Albans in Hertfordshire, just outside of London. Outside of work I am a lover of life’s little things – independent coffee shops, food markets, cinema, reading, and lido swimming in the summertime. I enjoy art and fashion, and love to write my own poetry or hunt for second hand pieces. I’m an animal lover and my own family dog Luna is a qualified therapy dog!

Anything else you would like to tell us about your experience, future aspirations and motivations?

This certification is the first step to hopefully qualifying as a child-focused family therapist, and in the future, I aspire to have an impact on the wellbeing of children and young people living with a rare disease diagnosis. I’m excited to embark on this next stage in my career, where I hope to help as many families as I can.