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”

Annual Conference


In lieu to the NAHPS Annual Conference, all NAHPS members will be invited  to join our final AGM virtually. As well as the AGM we will be offering a free virtual key note lecture as well as an update from two charities about the work they do in collaboration with play specialists across the UK;

Starlight UK and Spread a Smile

Please join us for the final AGM of NAHPS and our key note lecture on

9th July 2021 13.30 to 15.30hrs


13.30 – Welcome and introduction of NEC
13.35 – AGM – Business/Financials/Merger update
14.00 – 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
14.20 – Laura Walters – Director of Services, Update from Spread a Smile charity
14.35 – Paulina Pérez-Duarte Mendiola – ‘Exploring the Power of ‘Play’ and the role of ‘Health Play Specialists’ in the United Kingdom’.
15.05 – Krutika Pau –Director of children’s services, Update from Starlight charity
15.20 – Questions from members
15.30 – Meeting close

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