Health Play Specialist

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals with a turnover of nearly £1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 12,600 staff based across 5 main sites in South East London and Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of local hospital services across its different sites, and specialist services from King’s College Hospital (KCH) site in Camberwell and the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) site in Bromley, Orpington Hospital, and some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Sidcup.

The Trust is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, fetal medicine, stroke, major trauma, and Emergency Department.

At the heart of the Denmark Hill site is the Variety Children’s Hospital (VCH) and the Children’s Emergency Department (ED) which offer a wide range of services and specialities for children and young people at local, regional and tertiary levels. These include medicine, surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, liver, critical care centre, neonates, medical day care and outpatients. Many of the admissions to the hospital come in via the ED. We also have services on our sister site at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, neonates, children’s ward and outpatients

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative qualified and registered Health Play Specialist to join our Play and Youth Team of four Health Play Specialists and Youth worker, led by a Team Coordinator. You will be working at the Denmark Hill site.

This is an exciting and challenging role where you can apply your skills in providing therapeutic play, preparation, distraction therapy and normalised play to children and young people with acute and long-term conditions.

You will need the Health Play Specialist qualification and be a registered Health Play Specialist with HPSET and have experience in working with young people (ages 0-18 years), as well as individual, groups and multi-agency work.

You will need an understanding of the differing needs of patients with additional and special needs.

You must be able to work as part of a team as well as having excellent verbal and written communication skills.

We welcome informal visits or discussion to explore what we can offer you.

Previous applicants need not apply

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameJackie AmbroseJob titlePlay & Youth Team CoordinatorEmail addressj.ambrose@nhs.netTelephone numberAdditional contact information

Joan Walters, Lead Nurse, Clinical Education & Practice (Children & Young People) on or

Reference: 40885755

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