NAHPS is a charity which promotes the physical and mental well being of children and young people who are patients in hospital, hospice or receiving medical care at home.
The charity aims to promote high professional standards for play staff, and to ensure the provision of appropriate therapeutic and stimulating play in hospital. NAHPS provides professional support for all hospital play staff.
Please explore the website for further details about the Association.
The Provision of Play in Health Service Delivery Report:
Kath Evans from NHS England attended our NAHPS Exec planning meeting in September 2013. Since then, there have been discussions about funding for NAHPS to produce an evidence based report on the benefits of play that could be aimed at commissioners.
In August 2014, Kath informed Irene O'Donnell, NAHPS Chair, that we had funding to go ahead and compile the report.
Dr Alison Tonkin (Programme Lead for the FdA at Stanmore College) kindly agreed to take on this project.
This extremely insightful report is now ready to view and download.
North/North Eastern NAHPS Network - Looking for Members!!
Any HPS in the North East of England and Cumbria region interested in joining a
New Networking Group, please contact Dan Notley at
**2 OCT - NEW Job Vacancy - Please Click here for more info**
Play In Hospital Week 2014!!
Tell us how your celebrations went!
We would love to see your pictures and stories on the web and in the Journal!
**Let the world know what you've been doing!**
Updated NAHPS Network Regional Branch Directory -
Please click here for more info
NAHPS in the news!
NAHPS Chair interviewed by BBC on play specialists supporting children to have MRI's without GA 's.
** We're on Twitter !! - @nahpsofficial and now on Facebook too!
** UPDATED PLAY FOCUS PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE TO BUY HERE **
** NAHPS JOURNAL ARTICLES NEEDED!!**
Articles are welcomed from members and non members.
Please submit articles to Sue Ware, production editor of the journal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for submitting an article can be found under the members page or by emailing Sue at the above email address.
** CONTACT REQUEST **
NAHPS would like to inform your manager of the changes to the professional title, training, registration procedure and the launch of new occupational standards. We believe this will alert managers to the high standards of the profession and the value of recruiting qualified HPS.
Please can you assist us in this process by supplying us with the name and email address of the most relevant contact in your organisation.
The details should be sent to Angela White, NAHPS administrator at email@example.com
If you are aware of HPS's who are not members please share this email with them so we can build an up to date contact list to raise awareness of developments in the profession.
** LETTER TO TRUSTS **
Dear Colleagues, these 2 letters have been sent by your National Executive Committee to all users workplaces who sent contact details of their managers to Angela White.
Our advice is that you should download this letter for your own reference and also send it as a paper copy to your manager.
If you did not respond with your managers details please do so, you do not have to be a member of NAHPS to do this.
We want to reach as many people as possible so if you are aware of HPS's who may not be members or who do not log on to this website please share it with them.
Letter to Trusts
** OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS****
The new Occupational Standards for our profession are now available to download:
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