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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 health play staff.

Please explore the website for further details about the Association. 


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National Play in Hospital Week (PiHW) 2016 is happening!

26-30th September 2016

We hope all play teams are having lots of fun this week and engaging lots of children and young people in the activities!

Theme: Play Matters


Keep us updated about your events and activities:

• Twitter: @nahpsofficial @starlight_UK
• Hashtag: #PlayMatters #PIHW
• Email: or

National Competition – Congratulations to...

First Prize: Morriston Hospital

Second Prize: Southend University Hospital

Third Prize: Watford General Hospital

Information and Activity Pack

If you have not yet downloaded a copy of this year's Information and Activity Pack, you can do so from the Starlight website

The pack contains some ideas to help you organise a week of fun activities in celebration of NPIHW.

NPIHW is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) and Starlight Children’s Foundation is delighted to support NPIHW for a sixth year. This special week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of play and activity in the treatment of poorly children and young people.

Thank you and best wishes,

Vicky James
Children's Services
Starlight Children's Foundation
DD: +44 20 7262 2881 X: #210


NAHPS Conference and AGM - 17 June 2016

Many thanks to all of those who attended - it was a wonderful turnout!

Also, thanks to all those who presented at this years conference

- the feedback has been extremely good! 

-Photos to follow-


Cards for Bravery

Thanks to Katie who gave a truly inspirational talk at our conference on her wonderful  initiative - 'Cards for Bravery'


 Cards for Bravery is a non-profit organisation which is focused on brightening the days of hospitalised and seriously ill children & elders through positive handmade cards.


For more information, and to see how you, or your ward/department can be involved, please click on the link below

Also see:

Facebook - 'Cards for Bravery'
Instagram - @cardsforbravery
Twitter: @cardsforbravery


Professional registration is your licence to practice:

If you are due to re-register with HPSET this July (31/07/2016), you should have received your notification email and re-registration documents by now.

Please check your Inbox and Spam folders and if you have not received an email from HPSET, contact the Registration Co-ordinator at 



HPS in the News!!


Julia Whitaker (Registration Co-ordinator at HPSET) is involved with Upstart Scotland - a campaign to introduce a play-based kindergarten stage for 3-7 year olds into all schools in Scotland. 


She has also participated in a video from the 'Play for Health' angle - please see the links below for all the information and the video!



***The Third edition of our E-newsletter is available to read

- Click  here to view/download***



A new report by Sense - The Case for Play - available on the resource page

Click here for the link


Updated - East Anglian Regional Group - Click here for more info.. 


The 2014 Hugh Jolly Lecture 'The Power of Narrative' by Kath Evans

is now available to download from the Publications page - click here


Latest news from the East Midlands NAHPS Branch 

Available Here


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.

Final Full Report

Final Summary Report

Final Appendix 1 - Summary of Research Studies 


Please note:

The above files are in pdf format - you will need Adobe Reader to view


North/North Eastern NAHPS Network - Update**

Thanks to those who have been in contact - but we still need more!!  

Any HPS in the North East of England and Cumbria region interested in joining a

New Networking Group, please contact Dan Notley at



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!





Articles are welcomed from members and non members.

Please submit articles to Cath Hubbuck, production editor of the journal at 

Guidelines for submitting an article can be found under the members page or by emailing Sue at the above email address. 



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

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.


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.

Introductory Letter
Letter to Trusts


The new Occupational Standards for our profession are now available to download:

New Occupational Standards

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