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National Play In Hospital Week!

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

When: Monday 9th October 2017 – Sunday 15th October 2017
Theme: The Power of Play

The Activity and Information Pack is ready to be downloaded and we are excited to let you know about this year’s competition too.

Information and Activity Pack: This year’s Information and Activity Pack is now available to download from the Starlight website.
We hope the pack helps you to organise lots of fun activities for your patients. It includes:
• NAHPS membership form
• Starlight Children’s Foundation information sheets
• NAHPS information sheets • Communications guidelines, ‘Getting Play in the Press’
• Activity sheets

The Competition:  National Play in Hospital Week, Starlight and NAHPS are delighted to invite Health Play Specialists at hospitals, hospices and in the community to enter into a national competition. To enter, Play Teams are asked to create something that shows us how play improves the patient experience.

This could perhaps take the form of pictures and photos on a wall, models or decorations in a play room – the more creative the better! For the first time this year, your entry can be in a digital format, giving you the opportunity to record a short show, a song or anything else you can think of. To enter, please take a photo of your display or a video of your creation and send it with your hospital, ward name and contact details to Starlight at by Wednesday 4th October.

Winners will be announced during National Play in Hospital Week. First, second and third place winners will be awarded prizes. The winning entry will be used in promotional materials for National Play in Hospital Week.

What are you planning for National Play in Hospital Week? As you prepare for National Play in Hospital Week 2017, we would love to hear what you are planning for this year’s celebration, so please do stay in touch…

• Twitter: @nahpsofficial @starlight_uk • Facebook: • Hashtag: #PowerofPlay #PIHW

• Email: or

For further information about NAHPS National Play in Hospital Week 2017 please refer to:

National Conference Slides

The National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) held their 42nd Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting at UCLH in London on Friday 23rd June 2017 ‘PLAY- At the heart of quality patient experience’
The presentations from the day are below: