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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.

For more information about our history please click here NAHPS Milestones


Play Specialist and Play Staff Health & Well-being Day

Play Specialist and Play Staff Health & Well-being Day
11th October 2024
Leeds City College (Printworks Campus)
10am – 3pm
Featuring various different sessions focusing on your own health and well-being. Further details to follow in due course.

£40 for Registered Play Specialists


£60 for non-registered/other play staff


£25 for student play specialists (there are a limited number of these spaces)

NHS England Uniform Standardisation

We would like to update you on the work that has been taking place regarding the standardisation of uniforms for NHS staff working in England. In recent weeks, we have been contacted by members with concerns about the health play specialist profession not being included in the allocation of a standardised uniform for those working in the NHS.

 NAHPS contacted the team at NHS Supply Chain and the Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer in September 2023 regarding the Health Play Specialist profession not being allocated a colourway in the NHS uniform standardisation process as soon as the colourways were announced. The national healthcare uniform project is being conducted by NHS Supply Chain in collaboration with NHS England and I have stressed the importance for our profession to be included in the allocation of a standard uniform as we are working face to face with patients and families in a variety of clinical settings.

I understand that many health play specialists, myself included, contributed to the uniform consultation process which has led to disappointment for our profession not to be allocated a standard uniform colourway. The team at NHS Supply Chain are re-evaluating the allocations and will be in contact with us again in the very near future.

Please be assured that we are working with NHS Supply Chain on this matter and will update our members as soon as we have any further details. May I ask that you do not contact NHS Supply Chain directly as this is being managed between NAHPS/HPSET on behalf of the profession.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact me via our admin@nahps.org.uk email address.

With very best wishes

Penelope Hart-Spencer
Chair of The National Association of Health Play Specialist

The Society of Health Play Specialists (SHPS)

The winner and the new SHPS logo……..

The new SHPS logo

The voting results for the updated logo options were as:-

This updated logo voting followed the initial consultation were 2 of the 4 logo options received the same number of votes:-

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, the response has been incredible.

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