National Play in Hospital Week 2016

2016 NAHPS National Play in Hospital Week

When: Monday 26 September – Sunday 2 October 2016

Theme: Play Matters

Information and Activity Pack

This year’s Information and Activity Pack is now available to download here

We hope the pack helps you to organise lots of fun activities for your patients and it includes:

·         NAHPS membership form

·         Starlight Children’s Foundation information sheets

·         NAHPS information sheets

·         Communications guidelines, ‘Getting Play in the Press’

·         Activity sheets

The Competition

In the run up to National Play in Hospital Week, Starlight and NAHPS are delighted to invite Health Play Specialists at hospitals, hospices and in the community to enter into a national competition.  To enter, Play Teams are asked to create a display which shows how ‘Play Matters’ to them.  This could perhaps take the form of pictures and photos on a wall, models or decorations in a play room – the more creative the better!

To enter, please take a photo of your display and send it with your hospital and ward name and contact details to Starlight via post or email (addresses below) by Wednesday 21 September.  Winners will be announced during National Play in Hospital Week.  First, second and third place winners will be awarded prizes. The winning entry will be used in promotional materials for National Play in Hospital Week.

What are you planning for National Play in Hospital Week?

As you prepare for National Play in Hospital Week 2016 we would love to hear what you are planning for this year’s celebration, so please do stay in touch…

Twitter: @nahpsofficial @starlight_uk


Hashtag: #PlayMatters #PIHW

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NPIHW is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) and Starlight Children’s Foundation is delighted to support NPIHW for a sixth year. This special week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of play and activity in the treatment of poorly children and young people.