Play In Hospital Week 2021

Play In Hospital Week 2021

This Play in Hospital Week, we’re celebrating the work of Play Specialists and other professionals who are protecting play for seriously ill children in hospitals across the UK.

The theme of this year’s #PIHW is ‘playing through the pandemic – a narrative of positive interventions’ in tribute to the play teams who’ve kept play at the heart of their work during the pandemic.

At Starlight, we know having the chance to play can transform how children feel about hospital and about themselves. That’s why we protect play for seriously ill children across the UK, during play week and beyond.

Play in Hospital Week is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS). Starlight is delighted to support them for the tenth year running. For further information about NAHPS National Play in Hospital Week please visit: www.nahps.org.uk.

Find Play Week resources below, as well as the winners and runners up of our Play Specialist of the Year Awards 2021.

Report: the Importance of Play
Report: the Importance of Play

Read our 2021 play report which illustrates the positive impact play has on children in hospital, whilst highlighting the lack of provision that still exists.

Starlight Storytelling: Treasure Island
Starlight Storytelling: Treasure Island

Watch our Virtual Storytelling Production of Treasure Island, filled to the brim with fun, silliness and plenty of audience interaction.

2021 PIHW Activity Pack
2021 PIHW Activity Pack

Download our #PIHW activity pack, produced in conjunction with NAHPS. It’s full of fun activities to inspire children and professionals alike.

Nintendo Gaming Bundles
Nintendo Gaming Bundles

Apply for our next round of Nintendo Gaming Bundles and receive a Switch console and games for your hospital. It’s time to play!

Star Jump for Starlight
Star Jump for Starlight

Want to help Starlight protect play for seriously ill children across the UK beyond Play Week? Then get moving and join in with our Star Jump challenge this November!

Starlight Hospital Services
Starlight Hospital Services

Find out more about and apply for the core hospital services we supply, including our Boost and Distraction Boxes.

Health Play Specialist of the Year Awards 2021

As part of National in Hospital Week 2021, our Health Play Specialist of the Year awards are back for their fourth year. We’re honouring the resilience and dedication of  Play Specialists and other health professionals who are changing the experience seriously ill children have in hospital.  

Play Specialists work directly with seriously ill children, empowering them to understand more about their ill health, distracting them from procedures and to feel happy whilst going through hospital treatment.  

This year more than ever, the importance of play in hospitals has never been more vital.  In a year that has seen the way we live change drastically, hospital visits halted and PPE becoming the new normal, Play Specialists have allowed children to stay children, to play, create and distract them during some harrowing times.  

Meet our amazing winners and find out more about the difference they’ve made below.

Play Specialist of the Year
Play Specialist of the Year

Julie Morris, Health Play Specialist at Kingston Hospital. Read more…

Protector of Play Winner
Protector of Play Winner

Dawn McCabe, Nursery Nurse at James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough. Read more…

Play Team of the Year
Play Team of the Year

Ipswich Hospital Play Team, Ipswich Hospital. Read more…

Health Play Specialist of the Year Runner Up
Health Play Specialist of the Year Runner Up

Sue Marshall, Leeds Children’s Hospital. Read more…

Power of Play Winner
Power of Play Winner

Tonya Webber, Play Team Leader at Southampton Children’s Hospital. Read more…

Play Team of the Year Runner Up
Play Team of the Year Runner Up

Royal Brompton Hospital Play Team. Read more…