Play In Hospital Week 2022

Play In Hospital Week 2022

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National Play in Hospital Week begins on the 10th October 2022. For the fifth year, the annual Starlight Play in Health Awards will recognise the dedication, ingenuity and resilience of Play Specialists and other health professionals who are changing the experience of hospital treatment for seriously ill children.

We are delighted that these awards are being sponsored by Ryman and there are generous winners and runner-up prizes in each category to help stock children’s wards with all sorts of toys, games, and arts equipment. Prizes will include vouchers up to £1000 in value.

Play Specialists work directly with children in hospitals, hospices and other health settings, empowering them to understand more about their ill health, develop coping techniques, distracting them during procedures and supporting their mental health whilst they’re undergoing treatment.

This year we are taking nominations in four categories to find those health play professionals who have had the greatest impact on the children and families in their care.

Health Play Specialist of the Year – Those nominated must be registered Health Play Specialists and currently working in a health setting in the UK.

Play Team of the Year – You can nominate any Play Team operating in a health setting in the UK.

Mentor of the Year – This is a new award category and recognises those developing the next generation of Health Play Specialists. Those nominated should be registered with one of the four approved training institutions in the UK and currently mentoring Health Play Specialist students. We will also recognise nominations from recent graduates.

Protector of Play – This award category is in its second year and recognises any health professional who is championing play for seriously ill children. They could be one of the play team, support staff or clinical staff.


Nominations are now closed. Winners will be notified by the end of August 2022.