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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.



The Hugh Jolly Afternoon Workshop and Evening Lecture -

6th  November 2015


Details and Booking Form on the Events Page 






Did you take part in National Play in Hospital Week?

We would love to hear what you did for this year's celebration, so please do stay in touch ...

Twitter: @nahpsofficial @starlight_uk·       

Hashtag: : #hospitalplay        

Email: or

NPIHW is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) and Starlight Children's Foundation is delighted to support NPIHW for a fifth year. 


**National Competition Winners!**


Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to the Starlight competition – there were lots of fantastic entries and they could see the effort that had been put in by your teams.  We hope you all enjoyed creating your displays.

Starlight asked play teams to create a display that illustrated '40 Years of Passion for Play'  and they are pleased to announce the following winners:


First Prize: Leicester Hospital

Second Prize: Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Third Prize: Withybush Hospital, Pembrokeshire


Congratulations to all the winners!




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





Margaret Patterson – A founding member of NAHPS died on 6th January 2015 peacefully in her sleep aged 76yrs. She leaves behind her husband Roland.

Play Specialists who were fortunate to know Margaret will remember her great enthusiasm, dedication and support for play in hospital and the staff who delivered it.

Margaret was the first paid ‘Play Lady’ at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in the 1970’s. Her base was a cupboard and a silver cross pram loaded with toys which she took around all the wards everyday ensuring that play was available to every child.

By the 80’s she was leading a Play Team at the hospital and was an active and founding member of NAHPS in 1976.

Margaret was given life membership of NAHPS and up to 2010 she maintained a role in Hospital Play as a volunteer in the Outpatients Play Service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. 

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 !!

Thanks to those who have been in contact - but we 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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