Senior Health Play Specialist
£29,888 - £36,738 per annum incl. HCAS
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative Senior Health Play Specialist to join our Play & Youth Services Team. The successful applicant will be joining a supportive and expanding team of play specialists and play workers. As a team we work closely to support each other and provide the best possible service for patients. The trust understands the importance of play input on the patient experience and supports us as a service to achieve high standards.
This role will enable you to have experience of covering a variety of paediatric areas including Children's Outpatients, HDU, Day Surgery, Ambulatory Care and Specialised referrals where necessary.
You will work alongside the Multi-Disciplinary Team to ensure that access to play and therapeutic support is central to the patient’s care pathway. You will work creatively to ensure that long-term patients have access to a wide variety of stimulating play activities and support.
Applicants are required to hold a recognised Health Play Specialist Qualification or Level 4 Diploma in Specialised Play for Sick Children and Young People and be registered with HPSET.
You will work with the new Play Team Leader to ensure junior staff and students are supported in their working practice and enable them to gain further knowledge and experience in health play interventions. It is expected as part of this role that you will be carrying out annual appraisals and helping to develop competencies for junior staff. You will be a patient focused individual, able to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity whilst also prioritising your workload effectively and portraying a professional image at all times.
The role requires you to be able to work autonomously and as part of the multi-disciplinary team. As part of the play team, you will have opportunity to expand your skills and will be supported in your professional development. This will be a cross site role.
The successful applicant will need to be confident in using preparation and distraction techniques and have the ability to implement developmental and therapeutic play. The role requires you to have excellent written and verbal communication skills, motivation and enthusiasm.
The play service runs from 08:00 - 19:00 and the successful applicant will be required to work 37.5 hours a week which may include some Bank Holidays, weekends and on the odd occasion.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Natalie Cummins, Play & Youth Services Team Lead
London, England, London, SW10, United Kingdom