When I arrived back in the UK, it seemed absurd that after all these observations abroad, I hadn't observed Hearts & Minds clowns at work since I started with the company in 2010.
So last week I went to Glasgow Sick Kids to see Dr Wallop and Dr Beatz weave their magic!
It was a really wonderful experience, seeing two people I know so well, in a hospital I know so well after a month of total newness. I had so many lovely chats with staff about how they'd like to see more of the Clowndoctors and the good work they do.
It was great to get an outside perspective. I can see how a few changes to the way we interact and do things could have a really positive effect on the way we are integrated on the wards.
And of course I am biased, but Wallop and Beatz were totally fantastic! They seamlessly engaged with children of different ages and cognitive abilities at once, including everyone AND being funny at the same time.
I'll finally be on the floor again myself on Thursday, and I CAN'T WAIT!
I am a therapeutic clown and performer. Writing here is part of my wider practice and maybe some of my thoughts will trigger some thoughts of your own and I hope that helps.