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”

Play in Hospital Week

Play In Hospital Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of play in the treatment of poorly children across the UK. It is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS), which aims to promote and ensure the provision of appropriate therapeutic and stimulating play facilities in healthcare and Starlight Children’s Foundation, which brightens the lives of over half a million poorly children in the UK each year.

2022 w/c 10th October Play in Hospital Week (PIHW)

Play for resilience and good Mental Health

The theme highlights the importance of play for everyone’s health. Children, young people, and families all benefit from play in healthcare, and as play practitioners taking some time to play will help you too!


Details coming soon

October 2021

“Playing through the pandemic – a narrative of positive interventions”

This theme aims to celebrate how play teams have been keeping play at the heart of their work during the pandemic.

We are delighted to be working with Oxford University Hospital alongside Starlight to launch this year’s week.

October 2020

‘Play Well Together’

During these uncertain and strange times, play is even more important to children and young people.  ‘Play Well Together’ can mean so many things but incorporates the importance of how effective play is for many, both children and adults.  Whether to you, ‘Play Well Together’ means working effectively with other members of the MDT for the benefit of the patient and family, or playing to aid recovery at the bed side, or families having the time, space and ability to play well together as a family unit since lockdown, this theme can mean so many things.  It allows you, your teams, patients and families to embrace your creative sides and think of all the ways you and others ‘Play Well Together’.

NAHPS are excited to see in what ways your creativity and imagination is used for Play in Hospital Week 2020.  Lets remember just how important play is to our patients and families during these strange times and how you all make the difference throughout the year, not just during Play in Hospital Week. Let us celebrate the greatness of PLAY!

‘Play Well Together’

NAHPS are thrilled to share an article written by the Play Team from Ninewells, Dundee.

Showing the importance of ‘Playing Well Together’ especially during these times of COVID.  Thank you Play Team from Ninewells.

Please click the link below to access the full article.

Play in hospital week 2020 article

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