National Play in Hospital Week

Starlight Children’s Foundation was pleased to support the seventh NAHPS National Play in Hospital Week 2017 from Monday 9th – Saturday 14 October. This year’s theme centred around ‘The Power of Play’ and Play Teams across the country were encouraged to plan a fun week of activities to raise awareness of the importance of play in the treatment of poorly children and young people, using our activity and information pack below for inspiration.

Competition Winners

This year, Play Teams across the country were invited to enter a national competition to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes! Teams were asked to create something to show how play improves the patient experience and we were delighted to see the hard work and creativity that went into the entries, which ranged from photographs of displays to original songs about the power of play! We found it very difficult to pick the winners as the standard was so high this year, and we really appreciate all the efforts of everyone who entered the competition. Hopefully you all had fun putting your entries together!

The winners of this year’s NPIHW competition are as follows:


First Prize: Southend Hospital 

The Play Team of Neptune Ward put together a fantastic comic strip, where their superhero alter-egos save the power of play! They displayed their comic strip in their ward and you can see the full comic at the bottom of the page.

They also created an amazing video with quotes from staff members about the importance of the power of play and their responses were also made into ward display.

Second Prize: Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust

The Children’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal created an original song about the power of play and made a fantastic music video which you can see here!

Third Prize: Morriston Hospital

ABMU Children’s Services, Morriston Hospital- Oakwood Ward,  Ward M and the Paediatric Assessment Unit created ‘Planet Play’ within their hospital and explained their activities for the week in their entry which you can see here.

Congratulations to all the winners! Vouchers for The Entertainer and goodies from NAHPS were sent out to all the winners as prizes.

Getting the word out there!

We hope you enjoyed National Play in Hospital Week 2017 and we would love to see any pictures you took over the course of the week! You can contact us via the channels below:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope you have a fantastic rest of National Play in Hospital Week and that all the children, young people and staff enjoy the celebrations.

PIHW is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) and Starlight Children’s Foundation is delighted to support PIHW for a seventh year.

For further information about NAHPS National Play in Hospital Week 2017 please refer to:


Southend Hospital’s Winning Comic Book Entry