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 Annual Conference

47th Annual NAHPS Conference & Annual General Meeting

Bookings are now closed

Friday 17th June 2022, Corams, 41 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

8.45am registration to 4.30pm close

This year’s theme is “Beyond the Pandemic”

What we have learned, and how this has informed future practice

We are delighted to share with you our Agenda:

Keynote Speaker: Kate Pye, Professional Lead of NHS England, Children & Young People

“National Update and developing play services across the NHS”

Charlotte Fairall

“Sophie’s Story, a mother’s campaign”

Melanie Peeke, ADHD and Autism Lead, ADD-Vance

“One size doesn’t fit all, nuggets of knowledge about children with ASD and/or ADHD

Victoria Kempster, Noah’s Ark Hospice

Play: the Bigger Picture

Peg Belson Lecture: Frenchesca James-Young, Senior Youth Support co-ordinator & advanced South Youth Support Specialists, UCHL

The OnWArd Programme – outreach service for the Wellbeing of Adolescents

Lisa Beaumont and Tracey Martin, Leeds NHS and Sandra Gulyurtlu, Starlight Children’s Foundation

Virtual is the new reality. A study of the use and impact of VR in hospital procedures.

Adrian Voce, Interim Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Starlight Children’s Foundation

A new framework for children’s healthcare: Challenges and opportunities for the health play community

Paulina Perez Duarte Mendiola, Paediatrician, MSc Medical Anthropology & PhD Student

Children’s perspectives of Hospital Specialised Play Interventions




An integral part of our conference is the Peg Belson Lecture which celebrates the professional practice of the Health Play Specialist.  The chosen abstract will be a 45-minute presentation on the “theme Beyond the Pandemic”.

We welcome abstract submissions from Health Play Specialists working within children and young people’s health services, and individuals or groups of professionals working alongside Health Play Specialists within the multi-professional team.

The closing date for submissions has now passed, thank you for your contribution
The successful submission will be notified by 29th April


2021 – Virtual Conference speakers

Irene O’Donnell & Charlotte Mayhew-Goodwin The UCLH virtual pre-assessment clinic – sharing the story of how a health play specialist adapter their role during covid
Laura Walters – Director of Services, Update from Spread a Smile charity
Paulina Pérez-Duarte Mendiola – ‘Exploring the Power of ‘Play’ and the role of ‘Health Play Specialists’ in the United Kingdom’.
Krutika Pau –Director of children’s services, Update from Starlight charity

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