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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/11/2021.

Advanced Health Play Specialist

Job Reference: 259-3583500RLH

Barts Health NHS Trust
Play Department
Royal London Hospital, London
£38,768 - £46,124 per annum inc

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly experienced Health Play Specialist looking to develop their skills by joining the brand new ‘Project Tooth Fairy’ team.


‘Project Tooth Fairy’ has been commissioned by NHS England, working with North Thames and South Thames Paediatric Networks in response to the growing paediatric waiting times across London which has been further compounded by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The project aims to combat waiting times by providing additional paediatric dental capacity that will be available to trusts across London and the surrounding local areas. The project will deliver, three dental procedure rooms which are expected to be operational by October 2021 and will be based at the Royal London Dental Hospital –Barts Health NHS Trust. This role will treat patients from both Barts Health and other trusts dependant on need. This additional capacity will be appropriate for non-complex paediatric day-case procedures only, for patients that are aged between 2-16 years old, who do not have any complex comorbidities.


‘Project Tooth Fairy’ have recognised the need for Play Specialist expertise and support for these paediatric patients requiring dental procedures under general anaesthetic. Funding for 2 full time Health Play Specialists is available for an 18 month Fixed Term contract until 31st March 2023. Between them they will be covering a 6 day service (Monday-Saturday), so will be expected to work 2 Saturdays in every 4 week period. They will both be working clinically to cover the theatre lists. The Advanced Health Play Specialist will also be supporting the Play Department Clinical Lead with the management and support of the Band 5 ‘Project Tooth Fairy’ Play Specialist, managing the rota, developing a new service from the ground up and completing an audit of the service provided and its outcomes. They will be joining a friendly and experienced team of Play Specialists and Play Workers based across The Royal London Hospital.


This role has been funded through the support and recognition of the importance of play from the wider MDT. This a great chance to highlight the role that play makes within a service. The candidate will work with the MDT to look at the dental lists, assess what support patients need, and keep accurate and up to date patient records. The candidate must be confident in project management, audit and service reviews. Experience supporting and developing fellow play team colleagues is desirable.


As it is a new role we are looking for someone who is able to work on their own initiative, be interested in project work and improving the service. The ideal candidate will have experience in teaching and sharing best practice. This a great opportunity for anyone looking to develop a service, gain new skills and progress in their career.


The Foundation Degree in ‘Healthcare Play Specialism’, Edex/BTEC in ‘Specialised Play for the Sick Child’ or the previous HPSC/HPSEB, or international equivalent, is a requirement for this post along with current registration with HPSET.



For an informal discussion regarding this post please contact:


Play Department Clinical Lead –Lucy Wootton

Telephone: 020 359 41375



We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Our people strategy for 2019-2022 sets out our priorities and an action plan to meet our ambition. In this strategy, we set out the deal we are offering to you in return for living and breathing our values so that they shape everything that you do every single day.

As an Equal Opportunities Employer we actively support applications from individuals’ who apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme and will process your application as appropriate.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications has been received and we regret that we are unable to provide notification if your application is unsuccessful.

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Barts Health is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and to child protection. The Trust aims to ensure as far as is possible that anyone, paid or unpaid, who seeks to work in our organisation and who gains access to children, is safe to do so. As such, you may be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Check as part of the recruitment process if appointed to a post with direct access to children or vulnerable adults.

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.

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