Why we fund this service?
Here at the Noah’s Ark Charity we believe passionately that the play specialist team offer an invaluable service to children and their families at the hospital and we are proud to support and part-fund the work they do.
Read how the team have supported Noah’s Ark patients Eva, Fliss and Rose here.
What is hospital play?
The hospital play specialist team use a variety of therapeutic tools to help children overcome any fears or concerns about their treatments.
The team works closely with the rest of the multi-disciplinary team to help patients and their families cope with the following:
• To prepare children for hospital procedures
• To help children cope with anxieties and feelings
• To organise play and art activities at children’s bedsides or in the playroom
• To contribute to clinical assessments based on observations during play routines
• To encourage peer group friendships to develop
• To help organise special events and parties for both patients and visitors
What qualifications are needed to become a play specialist?
Hospital play assistants will need a professional childcare qualification at level 3 in order to work within the team.
A basic grade hospital play specialist and more senior hospital play staff will usually need to hold a Level 4 Diploma in Specialised Play for Sick Children and Young People/ Edexcel Certificate in Hospital Play Specialism/HPSC/HPSEB or the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism.
The team also needs additional training in child protection and safeguarding issues.
More senior hospital play staff will also require relevant post-qualifying experience.
For vacancies at Noah’s Ark please check NHS Jobs website and local press. You could also contact the human resources department of the NHS trust to enquire about opportunities.
How many play staff does the charity support?
Since 2013 we have supported the work of 10 members of the play specialist team. We remain committed to supporting the invaluable work that they do. If you would like to help support the team please donate today.