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”

HPSET & NAHPS Joint work

NAHPS works closely with HPSET to promote the health play profession as well as develop the training, qualification and registration.

HPSET Audit 2021

The disruption and reorganisation of paediatric services during the Covid-19 emergency has affected training and CPD opportunities for all healthcare practitioners, including Health Play Specialists.

HPSET’s Registration Standards committee have therefore agreed an amendment to CPD profile requirements for the year 2020 – 2021.

Please refer to latest update at COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates – HPSET


During this acute stage of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the UK, all healthcare services are experiencing challenging times as wards close to their core work, with an increase in the number of patients admitted to hospital with Corvid 19.  Hospice and community service moving to different ways of working and working with different patients.

Health Play Specialist are part of close working teams,.  The scope of many roles are changing and the way we work will change for a period of time.   As nursing and other staff numbers reduce due to illness and self -isolation it is important that we support the work of the team to care for patients and their families.  Play is still important, many of your play opportunities and roles will be suspended as planned surgery and investigations and many other services are cancelled.

If you are asked or directed to change your role and the way you work, ensure that you are trained and understand the new ways of working.   The changes will need to be in place for the duration  of the Pandemic only, with a planned  return to your core role as soon as possible. During this period of time  there will be no impact on your registration.

Work closely with your employers policies and practices, each service will have their own emergency plans and will implement them as the virus affects services in your area, these plans have been in development for a long time, we used them during the Swine Flu a few years back and learnt many lessons on service delivery.

We will later in the year, when we have a greater understanding of the impact of the Coronavirus
issue guidance for completing the audit profile for 2020/21.  We will ensure that no registrants is disadvantaged as a result of  their practice during this time and can maintain their registration.

We understand and support you as you are asked to work in different ways.  Take care of yourselves by following your local infection control policies and practices, new ways of working may be introduced, look after each other and your families.

If you have any concerns or question I can be contacted on


Covid-19 – A joint statement from

NAHPS and HPSET Friday 13th March 2020

Tina Clegg and Penelope Hart-Spencer have met to represent both HPSET and NAHPS to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the health play specialist profession.

We have been following the guidance from Public Health England and Royal College of Nursing and we advise you to read these pages.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, it is essential that you keep yourself informed of changing policy and decisions made, particularly by Public Heath England.

We advise you to work closely with your employer’s policies and practices.

As a result of the pandemic, NAHPS and HPSET have cancelled masterclasses, study days and conference until further notice.

All meetings for HPSET and NAHPS have been cancelled. During this time, we will continue to work on our plans for the merger of the charities and the PSA application, communicating via email and telephone.

Re-registration will not be affected as the deadline for annual submissions and profiles is the 31st March 2020.

We will provide updates on both websites when we have information, we can share with you.

Thank you.

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