As part of our packed week of activity celebrating Play in Hospital Week, a national awareness week focusing of the important role of play and distraction in children’s hospital treatment, we crowned our second ever Starlight Health Play Specialist of the Year!
Each year, Starlight conducts a nationwide search for the winning Health Play Specialist; discovering inspirational stories of the outstanding work they do, and the impact their work has on patients and colleagues.
So without further ado, Starlight’s Health Play Specialist of the Year 2019 is….
Janie Saunders from The Royal London Hospital!
Janie was nominated by colleagues for the impact she has on both the children she works with, and the wider medical team. The quality of her work shone through in her nomination. Arriving in A&E, a child can be traumatised, and the role Janie plays to help prepare them to receive medical attention is a vital part of their admission and treatment.