We are POEMS


Our team is formed by health professionals from different backgrounds, such as Anesthesia, Nursing and Operating Department.
Many of us share an interest in hypnotism and hypnotherapy.

And we all share the love for the little ones!

Mike Stylianou

Current Role – Founding Director, Senior Lecturer. Mike is a Senior Operating Department Practitioner and Assistant Practice Educator at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. He maintains a special interest in education, performance enhancement and anxiety management. With more than 18 years experience as a hypnotherapist, he is BUPA registered and has practiced at the Priory Hospital for over 20 years. Mike is part of the Great Ormond Street Practice Education Team and lectures at London South Bank University. He is a co-founder of POEMS For Children, a Director of POEMS For Children Limited, a Trustee of The POEMS For Children Charity, a member of The Institute for Learning, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Art, a member of The Royal Institute of Philosophy and a member of The British Society Of Clinical Hypnosis.

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Dr Philip Cunnington MBBS FRCA DCHyp

Current Role โ€“ Founding Director, Senior Lecturer. Is a Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. Having completed comprehensive training in hypnotherapy at The BST Foundation and graduated with distinction. He maintains a specialist interest in education, the management and prevention of procedure-related anxiety, performance anxiety and in particular anxiety related to examinations, interviews and presentations. He is a co-founder of POEMS for Children, a Director of POEMS For Children Limited, a Trustee of The POEMS For Children Charity, a Member of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine.

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Dr Maria Georghiou MBBS FRCA BcS Physiology DCHyp

Is a consultant in anaesthetic with an interest in obstetrics, paediatric anaesthesia and pain management. She gained training in clinical hypnosis through The BST Foundation. She is a Director of POEMS For Children Limited.

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Dr Marc Cohen MBBS BMedSci FRCA

Is a consultant in paediatric anaesthesia at Great Ormond Street Hospital with a specialty in cardiac anaesthesia.

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Emma Maitland

Operational Lead for Simulation in Clinical Simulation Centre, at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Dora Gleed

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Sofia Gonรงalves

Senior theatre nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Born in Switzerland but grew up in Portugal, where she completed the Nursing degree. As a student, she had the opportunity to live and study in Lyon (France) for 3 months, where love for the theatre began!
Her first experience as a nurse was in Cazombo (Angola) for 2 months and soon after her journey in England began. First in a nursing home and later in the theatre, where the dream of becoming a theatre nurse was happily realized.
She loves creativity and many ideas keep popping up in her brain every 6 minutes! (oh … wait … one more is coming!)
One thing she is very good at is: annoying Sir Mike Stylianou! (this is her best quality… you might think that is sad …she thinks that is funny!)
She also likes to create teaching posts for her website: www.thescrubnurse.com – an operating room diary for those who are curious about what happens behind the operating room door.

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