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Community Play Specialist

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 Per Annum, inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We currently have an exciting opportunity to join the Children's Community Nursing Team. We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Community Play Specialist (Band 5) who islooking to develop their skills in the largest community healthcare trust in London

The postholder will work within the Children's Community Nursing Team, alongside a second play specialist, visiting children in the community, providing home based therapeutic play for children with complex health needs and life limiting conditions, living in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Westminster. You will also provide emotional support for children and their siblings through the combined use of focused developmental and therapeutic play help children prepare for medical / nursing procedures through preparation play and provide support through bereavement issues for children, their siblings and peer groups.

The team provides a service to children and young people aged 0 - 18 years, and works across the 3 London Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Westminster. The team works closely with colleagues in Primary Care, hospitals, social services and education.

Main duties of the job

This post is for 22.5 hours per week, and may include occasional weekend work. The organisation is supportive of training needs and there is an excellent mandatory training and education programme. You will also receive regular clinical supervision and safeguarding supervision.

You will need to be passionate about children, enjoy working as a team as well as being an autonomous practitioner.

If you would like to talk to somebody about this vacancy then please contact:
  • Rebecca Turquet Nurse Specialist Kaleidoscope
  • Telephone number: 07721581219
  • E-mail address:

Applications will be accepted until 24th November 2023 with interviews planned for early December.

About us

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Single occupancy accommodation in Central London - (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit)
  • Support with gaining your driving license *T& C's apply
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

To have a full look at our benefits and what it's like working for us please go here:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • to assess families and identify appropriate interventions for the children within the family, based on play assessment tools
  • to work directly with children and their siblings to deliver agreed developmental, preparation and therapeutic play input
  • to provide play advice, teaching and mentoring to care workers to enable them to support children through play
  • to develop, provide and maintain child centred play programmes to be delivered in the home
  • to provide information and support to facilitate the child and familys own choices with regards to bereavement care
    Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full roles and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Foundation degree in healthcare specialism or equivalent (such as Hospital Play Specialist Certificate NNEB / NVQ Child Care or equivalent)
  • Professional Registration
  • Evidence of post registration education and training


  • Training in Family Therapy and Teaching

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


The Medical Centre


W9 3XZ

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