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”

Job Vacancies

University College London Hospital (UCLH) Radiotherapy Department

Band 5 Radiotherapy Health Play Specialist

Permanent 1.0 WTE

Closing date 20th October 2021

Department overview

This is an exciting time to join the UCLH radiotherapy play team as our radiotherapy services will soon be delivered across two departments. The post holder will work in our well-established radiotherapy (RT) department and will also play a key role in the ramp up of our new Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) department. The two departments are co-located with the RT department based in the main hospital and the PBT department situated in the new Grafton Way Building. UCLH is one of only two NHS PBT centres in the UK and will be treating patients from across the south of the UK.

UCLH is the largest provider of paediatric and teenage and young adult (TYA) radiotherapy services in the UK, treating approximately 140 patients per year. With the development of the PBT service, this number is expected to double once fully established.

The Role

A unique opportunity has arisen for a skilled and dynamic Health Play Specialist to join our experienced and forward-thinking team of Health Play Specialists. The post holder will work with paediatric and TYA patients across both the RT and PBT departments supporting patients and their families attending for planning and treatment. They will be part of a specialist multi-disciplinary team and play a key role in reducing the anxiety associated with RT/PBT treatments.

The post holder will undertake the core aspects of the Health Play Specialist role, from building trusting relationships, to preparing for each stage of the RT/PBT pathway. Daily activities will include supporting and distracting during invasive procedures using a range of therapeutic techniques, as well as normalising and recreational play. Other duties involve documentation and attendance at MDT and clinics. There are also opportunities for supporting and mentoring students, teaching and presentations, and developing the role across both departments. They will also benefit from being part of a wider play team supporting other paediatric/ TYA services here at UCLH.

Applicants are required to have experience of working with paediatric and TYAs in a healthcare setting and to be able to deal sensitively with families under stress. They will need to be able to engage easily with the patient and to be able to work effectively alongside MDT colleagues to enhance the hospital experience. The postholder will work as part of a supportive team where play and recreation is highly valued as an integral part of the treatment pathway for children and young people.

For more information about the departments please see our websites:

If you would like to know more about the role or to arrange a virtual tour of the departments please contact the Radiotherapy Play team:


Laura Allington, Proton Services Manager / Nazima Haj, Radiotherapy Services Manager,

Telephone 07506737778, 0203 4473781

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