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NAHPS is a charity which promotes the physical and mental well being of children and young people who are patients in hospital, hospice or receiving medical care at home.

The charity aims to promote high professional standards for play staff, and to ensure the provision of appropriate therapeutic and stimulating play in hospital. NAHPS provides professional support for all health play staff.

Please explore the website for further details about the Association. 


National Play in Hospital Week (PiHW) 2016 is soon approaching!

This year PiHW will take place during the week commencing Monday 26th September and - with your help - NAHPS would like to make it as big and exciting as we can.
This year, in line with the NAHPS Annual Conference, the theme for PiHW is:
‘Play Matters: Using Play to support Children and Young People in their Healthcare Journey’.

The purpose of the celebration is to show why children and young people need play for their health and wellbeing.

Starlight Children’s Foundation are supporting Play in Hospital Week 2016 and they will provide activity packs which will be available to download from the week of the 29th of August. Starlight will also provide resources for PiHW parties. For more details of support with parties, please contact Starlight Children's Foundation directly.

Following last year's successful competition, this year we are asking health play staff, teams and departments all over the UK to create a display around the theme of ‘Why Does Play Matter to You?’ Competitors are asked to submit pictures of their displays via email.

There are some very exciting prizes to be won this year!

Starlight will provide gift voucher prizes for the value of £150 for 1st prize, £100 for 2nd prize and £50 for 3rd prize. In addition, NAHPS will provide 1 free place at next year NAHPS conference for 1st prize, a free NAHPS membership for 1 person for 1 year as 2nd prize, and a NAHPS goody bag as 3rd prize.

Submissions are open to all types of healthcare settings and official dates and deadlines will be announced soon by Starlight Children’s Foundation and NAHPS so do keep checking the Starlight website ( as well as the NAHPS website.


NAHPS Conference and AGM - 17 June 2016

Many thanks to all of those who attended - it was a wonderful turnout!

Also, thanks to all those who presented at this years conference

- the feedback has been extremely good! 

-Photos to follow-


Cards for Bravery

Thanks to Katie who gave a truly inspirational talk at our conference on her wonderful  initiative - 'Cards for Bravery'


 Cards for Bravery is a non-profit organisation which is focused on brightening the days of hospitalised and seriously ill children & elders through positive handmade cards.


For more information, and to see how you, or your ward/department can be involved, please click on the link below

Also see:

Facebook - 'Cards for Bravery'
Instagram - @cardsforbravery
Twitter: @cardsforbravery


Professional registration is your licence to practice:

If you are due to re-register with HPSET this July (31/07/2016), you should have received your notification email and re-registration documents by now.

Please check your Inbox and Spam folders and if you have not received an email from HPSET, contact the Registration Co-ordinator at 






HPS in the News!!


Julia Whitaker (Registration Co-ordinator at HPSET) is involved with Upstart Scotland - a campaign to introduce a play-based kindergarten stage for 3-7 year olds into all schools in Scotland. 


She has also participated in a video from the 'Play for Health' angle - please see the links below for all the information and the video!



***The Third edition of our E-newsletter is available to read

- Click  here to view/download***



A new report by Sense - The Case for Play - available on the resource page

Click here for the link


Updated - East Anglian Regional Group - Click here for more info.. 





The 2014 Hugh Jolly Lecture 'The Power of Narrative' by Kath Evans

is now available to download from the Publications page - click here


Latest news from the East Midlands NAHPS Branch 

Available Here


The Provision of Play in Health Service Delivery Report:


Kath Evans from NHS England attended our NAHPS Exec planning meeting in September 2013. Since then, there have been discussions about funding for NAHPS to produce an evidence based report on the benefits of play that could be aimed at commissioners.

In August 2014, Kath informed Irene O'Donnell, NAHPS Chair, that we had funding to go ahead and compile the report.

Dr Alison Tonkin (Programme Lead for the FdA at Stanmore College) kindly agreed to take on this project.

This extremely insightful report is now ready to view and download.

Final Full Report

Final Summary Report

Final Appendix 1 - Summary of Research Studies 


Please note:

The above files are in pdf format - you will need Adobe Reader to view


North/North Eastern NAHPS Network - Update**

Thanks to those who have been in contact - but we still need more!!  

Any HPS in the North East of England and Cumbria region interested in joining a

New Networking Group, please contact Dan Notley at



Updated NAHPS Network Regional Branch Directory -

Please click here for more info


NAHPS in the news!

  NAHPS Chair interviewed by BBC on play specialists supporting children to have MRI's without GA 's.



** We're on Twitter !! -  @nahpsofficial and now on Facebook too!





Articles are welcomed from members and non members.

Please submit articles to Cath Hubbuck, production editor of the journal at 

Guidelines for submitting an article can be found under the members page or by emailing Sue at the above email address. 



NAHPS would like to inform your manager of the changes to the professional title, training, registration procedure and the launch of new occupational standards. We believe this will alert managers to the high standards of the profession and the value of recruiting qualified HPS.

Please can you assist us in this process by supplying us with the name and email address of the most relevant contact in your organisation.

The details should be sent to Angela White, NAHPS administrator at

If you are aware of HPS's who are not members please share this email with them so we can build an up to date contact list to raise awareness of developments in the profession.


Dear Colleagues, these 2 letters have been sent by your National Executive Committee to all users workplaces who sent contact details of their managers to Angela White.

Our advice is that you should download this letter for your own reference and also send it as a paper copy to your manager.

If you did not respond with your managers details please do so, you do not have to be a member of NAHPS to do this.

We want to reach as many people as possible so if you are aware of HPS's who may not be members or who do not log on to this website please share it with them.

Introductory Letter
Letter to Trusts


The new Occupational Standards for our profession are now available to download:

New Occupational Standards

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