Please wait, loading

Healthcare play specialist

Band 4

Main area
Child health
Band 4
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£21,089 - £23,761 pa
23/06/2019 23:59

We’re looking for a qualified and experienced healthcare play specialist to join our cardiac team within Southampton Children’s Hospital. If you’re dedicated and passionate interested in working across all ages, and looking for you next challenge – we’d love to hear from you.


Southampton Children’s hospital is one of the leading Children’s hospitals in the UK. With currently over 130 beds with expansion plans for over 200 beds as part of a 70 million pound investment. We are a regional hospital providing one of the largest ranges of specialist care for children in the UK.


You’ll use excellent communication skills to provide the highest standard of patient care. You’ll work with the multidisciplinary team, families and relatives, and the children admitted or attending the ward and other areas of the hospital, maintaining confidentiality throughout. You’ll also:

• maintain a safe, child focused environment where play occurs naturally
• supervise and mentor healthcare play specialist students on placement
• organise and initiate therapeutic play for sick children from birth to adolescence
• take on individual referrals for children experiencing difficulty in managing hospital admission/procedures, using evidence based practice to assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions

You’ll accurately document play interactions and the work you do in medical notes (where appropriate) and service documentation, and be flexible with day-to-day requirements of both your patients and the hospital youth and play services team.


We’re ideally looking for candidates who are registered with HPSET have experience with a range of ages of children in a hospital or clinical setting. You need to be outgoing, highly motivated, adaptable and work well in a team.

You need to have a mature approach to challenges as well as have the necessary skills to providing therapeutic play interventions including preparation and distraction to support those who are experiencing difficulties with their hospital admission or procedure/intervention.

For this role, we’ll also consider applicants who are currently completing the FD in Health Play Specialism, or those with extensive experience in a hospital or similar environment working with children and young people.

Should we be unable to find a suitable registered and qualified health play specialist, we will consider a training position. We offer a supportive learning environment to develop professionally through in-house and external training providers.


Southampton Children’s Hospital is part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), one of England's largest acute teaching trusts and rated ‘Good’ by the CQC. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

Interviews for this position will take place week commencing Monday, 01 July.

Closing date for applications will be Sunday, 23 June.

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

To print a document or save it to your computer, please click with your right mouse button on the document title and select "Save Target As...". You can then save the document in a suitable place on your computer ready to print it out. Clicking with the left mouse button will open the document in a new window (if your web browser can do so).

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Joyce Stebbings - Youth and Play Services Manager


Mobile 07815524454

If you have problems applying, contact

If you have problems with the
online application form please contact
Recruitment Support Services
Open Monday to Friday
08:30am to 5:30pm
01629 690826