National Play in Hospital Week 2015

National Play in Hospital Week 2015

Starlight Children’s Foundation was pleased to support National Play in Hospital Week for a fifth time in September 2015.  The National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) organises this special week every year to raise awareness of the importance of play and activity in the treatment of poorly children and young people.

The week kicked off with a launch at UCLH in London and we know that this year was another huge success thanks to everyone in hospitals and hospices across the country who took part.  Some amazing displays were created in wards and children throughout the UK participated in activities and parties put on especially for them to make their stay in hospital more comfortable and enjoyable.  Here are just a few examples of the positive feedback we’ve received about the week….

Sandra Jones, Play Service Manager for the Hywel Dda UHB:

‘Play is a crucial part of the care offered by us to children and young people and National Play in Hospital Week has been an opportunity for us to demonstrate the positive impact of play and distraction on a child’s hospital experience. It has also been great fun for our young patients, their families and our staff and I hope our activities throughout the week have helped to raise awareness of the importance of play!’

Simii Dhupar, Play Specialist at King’s College Hospital:

‘Just want to say a massive well done to all the Play Specialists around the country who have been celebrating another successful week of raising awareness of Play in Hospitals. It’s been an amazing and jam packed week at Kings College Hospital and Pruh Childrens Ward with Messy activities and visits from Wellbeing Monkey, Snow White and Spotty Clown. It was then finished off in style with Fancy Dress Friday and a Tea Party!’

Jan, Play Specialist at Morriston Hospital:

‘Morriston children’s wards Oakwood, Pau and Ward M had a fantastic week celebrating Play in hospital week. Monday was balloon launch day where children and staff wrote on butterfly labels and attached them to the balloons. We had planned quite a full week with some lovely visits throughout the week. Lots of fun was had doing arts and crafts too. We finished the week with a photo booth and tea party. All staff were keen to join in the fun. This week gave us a fantastic opportunity to show what we do everyday in using play to help our children through their hospital journey.’

Check out some of the photos from the week…

We were so pleased to see lots of engagement on social media during National Play in Hospital Week. There was also lots of press coverage in various different regions, particularly around the winners of the ward competition we ran. Congratulations to everyone involved!