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Senior Play Specialist

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year pro rota pa
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
St George's Hospital is a large teaching hospital in the UK Tooting. Founded in 1733, it is provides care for up to 3.5 million patients. We have a very busy paediatric service here at St Georges but have a dedicated team members working together to provided a great Healthcare Play service. Come join us.

Main duties of the job

  • To create an environment in which play occurs naturally at all times.
  • To create an attractive, child-orientated environment including the child/young persons own work.
  • To encourage play to maintain the child/young person's link with family and home and to help the child/young person to adjust to the hospital situation.
  • To provide appropriate play for normal growth (social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development) and to continue during hospitalisation, using knowledge of child development.
  • To help familiarise the child/young person with strange apparatus and procedures to reduce stress and anxiety and to help the child/young person to understand his/her treatment illness.
  • To take on individual referrals for children/young people experiencing difficulty in managing hospital admission/procedures, using evidence based practice to assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions.
  • To prioritise own caseload in accordance with the individual/service needs of the play team under the supervision of the Lead Healthcare Play Specialist.
  • To support children/young people using distraction therapy before, during and following painful or unpleasant treatment / procedures.
  • To support play specialist staff and students to carry out duties and manage daily to daily demands of the service
  • To take on referrals for patients needing support to access their medical needs
  • To be involved in the organisation and delivery of the play component of pre-admission programmes

About us

t Georges University Hospital has an wonderful opportunity for a part time senior band 5 Healthcare Play Specialist.

The post holder will be required to provide a safe, welcoming friendly environment for the patients and families organising play and leisure activities across the various children and young people wards and departments.

As part of your role you will need to support students and play specialists. There will be lots of opportunity for you to add to existing skills, whilst continuing to learn and develops an individual and alongside the service needs

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To observe the child/young persons development and emotional level and report observations to the appropriate staff and help the child/young person to express and explore feelings.
  • To observe and assess the child/young persons anxieties and communicate these to the appropriate staff.
  • To establish effective communication where the information may be complex and sensitive, both verbally and written, with all members of the multi-disciplinary team in child health and in other departments where children/young people are treated.
  • To contribute to the written care plan of each child/young person and document interventions in the child/young persons medical records.
  • To attend and participate in multi disciplinary ward meetings, child protection case conferences, discharge planning meetings.
  • Take on referrals for patients needing additional input such as child protection medicals.
  • Provide support to Junior staff and students

**Please see the attached supporting job description and person specification document, which contains more information about the role and requirements. Please ensure your application refers to the job description and person specification**

Person Specification

application form


  • Foundation degree healthcare play specialism
  • NQV level 3 childcare and education


  • Guided imagery
  • Makaton training



  • experience of working in a hospital with children and young people


  • experience of working in a trauma hospital

face to face


  • 3 years post qualification experience as a healthcare play Specialist


  • young minds or mental health training

Employer details

Employer name

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Georges University Hospital

blackshaw road


SW17 0QT

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Healthcare Play specialist

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