Jayne Annette Comins
17.06.1956 – 25.01.2006
ayne was my close friend and well- respected colleague since we studied at the National Hospitals College (now J U n i v e r s i t y C o l l e g e L o n d o n ) i n o u r l a t e t e e n s .
In her usual organised way, Jayne planned her own funeral, wake and the aftermath, talking through the details with close friends in deciding what our roles would be.
Jayne hailed from Nottingham. Her close friend, Carolyn, a dietician, once remarked, “You ain’t done bad for a Nottingham lass,” because Jane left the north to start a life in London, and she did do very well at it.
Jayne was unique, interesting, fun, dynamic, energetic, eccentric, generous, charming, and, above all, enthusiastic.
She was also empathic, kind and thoughtful by nature with a wicked sense of humour.
Jayne touched our hearts and minds and was well-loved. She made a big impact on all who met her.
Her mischievous spirit is well known, often emerging in very dry humour. She was a great mimic and would re-enact sequences from real-life scenarios or TV characters with friends collapsing about in laughter.
She enjoyed playing to an audience and regularly held social gatherings where she would be the chief entertainer for the evening. She was a caring and generous hostess.
Jayne was adventurous in life, trying out just about everything from bio-energetics and belly dancing to singing, garden design, analysis, silk scarf painting, opera and extensive globe-trotting. She was a member of Blackheath Choir and sang beautifully in concerts in the area.
Adventure was also apparent in Jayne’s work. She gained three degrees – in human communication, occupational psychology and organisational psychology, and in psychology, for which she was known as ‘The
“Jayne touched our hearts and minds and was well-loved”
Jayne worked for much of her life in speech and language therapy. In the last few years, she worked as a psychotherapist and as a trainer, running courses at the RCSLT, the Wellington Hospital, Globe Theatre and health authorities around the UK. The hundreds of very positive feedback forms at her home are a testimony to the great success she had at this.
Jayne also worked as a journalist for The Singer magazine, for which she wrote a column called ‘Firing-Line’, voted as the most
popular part of the magazine by readers.
Jayne was highly successful in her speech and language therapy work and gained an international reputation as a voice specialist. She spoke at many conferences in the UK and abroad. She wrote numerous articles, and also research papers in the European Journal of Communication and Archives of Otolaryngology.
She was co-author of the books Activities and Ideas. She pioneered training in the psychodynamics of communication, as she felt it was vital that SLTs should be aware of this.
Jayne was founder member of the College specific interest groups in voice, laryngectomy and counselling. She collated and edited professional standards for the RCSLT.
She was the first SLT to work for College, and she did so as its information officer. Jayne was a College spokesperson and represented the South East on the RCSLT Council.
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