Wishing our Administrator Angela White a happy retirement
Our longstanding NAHPS NEC member and administrator Angela has now retired. Angela has worked so hard for NAHPS for a very long time. We wish Angela a wonderful retirement and thank her for all that she has done for NAHPS.
Please see her email which she has sent to all NAHPS members.
Dear all, today I am signing off from my work for NAHPS and wish you all a fond farewell. It has been an honour to spend my working life with children in many different settings but most especially as a Play Specialist.
When I joined the NEC many years ago as a trustee I thought I would stay for a couple of years and yet I ended up spending 10 years as a trustee and 7 years as administrator because I found myself amongst a dedicated group of volunteers who work on your behalf and on behalf of sick children and their families in this country and further afield.
The workload they manage in order to ensure that HPS’s receive recognition and professional development as well as protecting and promoting the childs right to play is immense. This is all done alongside demanding professional roles and mostly done with little recognition and in their own time.
Many times over the last seven years as the NAHPS administrator I have
heard this question from people who when asked why they haven’t joined
NAHPS respond ‘What does NAHPS do for me’? So if your colleagues ever ask you that question direct them to the website, the journals, the study days, the representation on other professional boards and so much more behind the scenes interventions and initiatives that ensure you are recognised as specialists in the field of sick children and young people.
Don’t be shy, be proud of what you do! Write about your work, produce the evidence, present at study days and events and keep letting the world know about you and your role in the lives of sick children and young people.
Having met so many of you over the last 17 years at conferences and in
workplaces and hearing from you in emails etc I know you have a lot to say, so please continue to say it loud and clear.
All the best to you, Angela
National Play In Hospital Week 2017
Play In Hospital Week is fast approaching…
We would like to showcase the amazing play opportunities that will be facilitated for children in hospital during PIHW.
Please share your photos and details of planned events via social media – our twitter page #nahpsofficial and facebook page.
Please ensure you have parental consent to share images and follow your Trust policy for obtaining signatures for consent. Please complete our photo consent form before emailing photos to us.
We wish all of our members a very happy National Play In Hospital Week!
Hugh Jolly Afternoon Workshop & Evening Lecture 2017
We are now taking bookings to attend the Hugh Jolly afternoon workshop & evening lecture: Wednesday 15th November 2017
National Association of Health Play Specialists
The Hugh Jolly Memorial Lecture and Afternoon Workshops
Weston House, Great Ormond Street, London.
15th November 2017
Afternoon Workshop 1.45 to 4.30pm
NAHPS Members: £35 – Non Members: £45
How can Health Play Specialists and Play Leaders help improve the healthcare journey for patients and families with Autism and Learning Disabilities?
Co-facilitated by Frances Binns
Consultant/Specialist Adviser Complex Needs, Autism and Learning Disabilities
and Helen Pinder
Health Play Specialist
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Light Refreshments will be served in the lobby between 5.30 and 6.20pm
The Hugh Jolly Memorial Lecture.
(This lecture is free and no booking is required)
6.30 – 7.30pm
‘Understanding the role of Play Specialist from 4 angles, the play specialist, parents, clinicians and childhood survivors’
Lecture by Dr David Bara
Senior Lecturer of SEN in Early Childhood Studies
University of East London
Any queries? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking Form for Afternoon Workshops
Please return this booking form via email by 8th November 2017 to
Name and Professional Title and Workplace:
Email Address for confirmation of place:
Payment by cheque payable to NAHPS OR PayPal option on Conference Bookings tab on website.
Costs: Member £35 ……Non Member £45……
Please send cheque payments to: The Roundhouse, Burghley Park, Stamford PE9 3JX
Payment at time of booking please. Your place will only be confirmed on receipt of payment. No refunds after closing date.
New Job Vacancy
The Children’s Trust is looking for a Health Play Specialist – for more details please look at the Job Vacancies page – or click here
UCLH Play Team finalists at BMJ Awards!
Well done to the UCLH play specialists and paediatric team who were finalists in the BMJ Awards last night for their MRI awake list project “It Pays to Play”
In a room full of medical colleagues it was a great opportunity to profile the role of the Health Play Specialist and spread the word about the many benefits of using play instead of a GA! 👏🏻
Message for NAHPS Members…
If you do not receive emails from email@example.com could you please email Angela White at that email address so she can update the members contact list. Also, if in the past you have received emails from NAHPS but no longer do so then please contact us on the admin email address.
HPSET Online Survey
Message from Tina Clegg..
“ At the Spring NAHPS Conference held in Dundee delegates raised their concerns regarding the lack of training opportunities in Scotland. I promised that I would organise a survey to gather data to support the writing of a business case with the University of West London. The survey is now open HPSET.org.uk. Please can I ask that those who would and could attend a course in Scotland complete the survey. I will feedback the survey results at the NAHPS Spring Conference in Edinburgh and on the HPSET website. Thank you Tina Clegg, Chair HPSET.”
* Please complete the survey by clicking the link above *