SoHPS Annual Conference

1st Society of Health Play Specialists Conference 

Friday 21st June 2024, UCLH Education Centre, Euston Road, London, NW1 2PG


Conference sponsored by Rescape Health

Theme: Celebrating our Profession

HPSET/SoHP Registrants £70 

Non HPSET/SoHP Registrants £85

Students £50

2023 Innovation and Creativity in Play speakers:

  • Key Note Speakers; Kate Pye, Krutika Pau, Adrian Voce & Irene O’Donnell who will be delivering the keynote on the NHS England and Starlight Children’s Foundation Taskforce project

  • Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: “Paediatric Screening – new play specialist approach”

  • Leeds Children’s Hospital: “Supporting children and young people in the transition from liquid to table medication”
  • Moorfield Eye Hospital: “Being playful in eye and vision research”
  • UCLH:Can play preparation be delivered virtually in the long term now the COVID-19 pandemic is over?”
  • P. Perez-Duarte Mendiola: ‘’Improving patient experience around the world”
  • Charlotte Fairall: “Sophie’s Legacy”
  • Spread a Smile: “Therapeutic entertainment programme for improving patient experience”

2022 Conference speakers

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

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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