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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/08/2021.

Senior Play Specialist

Job Reference: 358-3302078-CHI

University Hospitals of Leicester
Children's Hospital
Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum (pro rata if part-time

We are actively promoting flexible working options, helping you to manage a work / life balance”.

Leicester Childrens hospital is seeking to recruit Band 5 Health Play Specialists to join our play team in supporting children and young people through their hospital journey.

The successful band 5 applicant will have the ability to implement developmental, therapeutic and specialised play to children and young people from birth to adolescence for a wide range of procedures and conditions in an environment that changes constantly. You will work alongside the multi-professional team to ensure that access to play and therapeutic support is central to the patients care pathway.

You will have the responsibility of a team leader role supporting your colleagues within your ward area and lead by example demonstrating the ability to problem solve and prioritise workloads for the needs of the service. Other responsibilities will include mentoring and supervising students, teaching and covering in the absence of the play co-ordinator and being responsible for achieving any delegated tasks

You must hold the Health Play Specialist qualification (Registered practitioner with HPSET for a minimum of 1 year) and relevant level 3 child care qualification (NNEB, Btec diploma in nursery nursing, NVQ/CACHE in child care or a degree in child care) and have a broad experience of working in a health care setting.

The role requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, use your own initiative and be flexible and adaptable to the needs of the service.

The post will consist of core shifts between 07.30-19.00 hours, you will also be required to work weekends and bank holidays.


For further information please contact Sally Shepherd or Helen Hayles on 0116 2587549 or

email or


For further details / informal visits contact:

Sally Shepherd Play co-ordinator 0116 2587549


Vacancies will close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

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UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if indicated you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible. Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS)

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COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Due to Covid 19 we have introduced a staff risk assessment into our pre-employment process.

This is intended to ensure you are able to safely perform your duties in any of our work areas, and if you have been identified as being vulnerable to coronavirus. Our main aim is to reduce risk and to ensure the safety of all new starters as well as current staff, patients and visitors.

If it is identified that you are within a vulnerable category, we will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate this.

Tier 2 Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-UK candidates may not be appointed if the Trust is unable to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements or there is a appointable applicant who already holds the right to work in the UK.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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