The play specialist enables the child to bear, cope and tolerate their time and treatment in hospital
“Parents often report that “We couldn’t get by without their input.”
“The whole frightening feeling is taken away.”
“Has significantly reduced the time taken to treat the children”


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


The voting has now closed. 

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.


Health Play Specialist of the Year 2021

Starlight, together with the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS), are celebrating the amazing work of Health Play Specialists across the country, and to recognising and promoting the significance of play in a hospital setting. For the fourth year, Starlight are recognising the essential work of Health Play Specialists with the ‘Starlight Health Play Specialist of the Year’ award. Follow the link below to read about the categories and nominate.

Health Play Specialist Nominations 2021 – Starlight


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