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Health Play Specialist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a full time Registered or Second year student Health Play Specialist to Ward F3.

As a Health Play Specialist, you will join a well-established and valued Play Team working across Children's Services. We are a proactive team, determined to provide quality intervention and find the best solutions for patients, families and those we work alongside.

You will hold a Health Play Specialist qualification and Health Play Specialist Education Trust registration or be a second year student currently completing your Health Play Specialist qualification.

We will fully support any applications from students currently completing their second year of qualification and will consider offering part-time hours until your placement is complete.

You will have excellent therapeutic, developmental play and communication knowledge and skills, have experience in supporting children and young people through diagnostic and medical / treatment procedures and the ability to work autonomously and with other members of the multidisciplinary team.

If you are passionate about therapeutic play and supporting families and are able to build good relationships with children, young people, families and the people you work with then we would like to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide support for children and their families.
  • Take on individual referrals for children experiencing difficulty in coping with the diagnosis and treatment and managing hospital admission / procedures. Using evidence based practice to assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions that may be needed in either the hospital and or the home environment.
  • Provide therapeutic play interventions for specific medical procedures.
  • Document therapeutic interventions and outcomes.
  • Develop skills, knowledge and be responsible for own practice, through continued professional development.
  • Promote an awareness of the emotional needs of children in hospital and the importance of play, within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Supervise Hospital Play Specialist students on placement.
  • Provide leadership for junior staff, as delegated by manager.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

The advert will close at midnight on 25 September 2023.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • -Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism / Edexel Level 4 Professional Diploma in Specialist Play for Sick Children and Young People or equivalent
  • -Children's Workforce, Cache, NNEB, BTec, NVQ or Level 3 qualification in Early years / Childcare equivalent
  • -Current registration with HPSET, current HPSET student registration or have discussed a plan or re-registration with HPSET for return to practice


  • -Youth work or qualification
  • -Counselling Diploma or equivalent



  • -Can demonstrate autonomous working practices in current post
  • -Evidence of experience of working with parents and extended families
  • -Evidence of experience of working with children / young people in a hospital setting


  • -Experience of working with children with special educational needs and/or mental health concerns
  • -Evidence of working in an acute care hospital setting with Children and young people
  • -Evidence of integrated working with a multi-professional team



  • -Demonstrated understanding of developmental, social and psychological needs of children / young people and their families incorporating special needs, cultures and diversities
  • -Knowledge of Health and Safety, and risk management in practice including safeguarding procedures
  • -Knowledge of HPSET / NAHPS professional code of conduct and standards and application to practice



  • -Ability to work with individuals and groups of babies / children / young people
  • -Ability to deliver therapeutic play including play preparation, distraction and post procedural play for medical procedures using evidenced based techniques
  • -Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • -Ability to manage and prioritise own work load


  • -Training and presentation skills
  • -Word processing and internet research skills

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • -Commitment to patient / family-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • -Be able to sensitively deal with the frequent challenges associated with social differences, parental and family anxiety and cultural diversity
  • -Documented evidence of continued professional development

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division E

Hills Road



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