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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/11/2021.

Hospital Play Specialist

Job Reference: 252-3578051

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford
£23,677 - £26,127 Incl Fringe HCAS per annum pro r

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Are you passionate about the provision of play for children in the acute hospital setting? If so this could be the post for you.

Due to ongoing development of the current play team, we are seeking a forward thinking and dynamic individual to join our Children’s Team on Willow Ward and Paediatric Assessment Unit, to lead in the provision of play for children. This role will also provide some support to Radiology and Paediatric ED in terms of providing input for children and young people.

This can be a full time or part time post and along with the play team you will be expected to co-ordinate all play and distraction activities within the ward and assessment unit setting. We have two part time Hospital Play Specialists in post and a Play Assistant. You will be expected to provide seven day Hospital Play Specialist cover and expertise together with the other members of the play team currently in post.

Willow Ward has 22 beds and is a general paediatric ward caring for children and young people with a variety of conditions aged 0 – 16 years. Willow has a well established team of nurses, health care assistants, admin and clerical staff and paediatric doctors who you will work with on a daily basis. The Paediatric Assessment Unit is attached to the Paediatric Emergency Department and has a waiting area, assessment area and 6 cubicles. Radiology is co-located with the ED department.

This role will include visiting other areas within the hospital where children are nursed to provide play support as required (SCBU, Outpatients, Paediatric ED).

In order to apply for this post you must have the Hospital Play Specialist Certificate or level 4 Diploma in Specialised Play for Sick Children and Young People, or be about to complete the course. Previous experience of working with children in a hospital setting is essential. We have close links with the University of Greenwich and continuing professional development is positively encouraged.

Informal visits are encouraged.

For further information about this posts please contact Donna Day/Sharon Samuels (Hospital Play Specialists) or Clare Jones (Senior Sister) on 01322 428995, or Emily Bell (Matron, Children’s Services) on 01322 428100 bleep 975.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameLynn BrooksJob titleHead of NursingEmail addresslynn.brooks@nhs.netTelephone number01322 428100 bleep 548Additional contact information

Emily Bell 01322 428100 bleep 975

Our staff are our most valuable asset. We are committed to making staff feel appreciated, supported and included in the Trust’s successes. Our mission is to be an outstanding place to work providing the very best care for our patients and excellent career opportunities for our staff. Everything we do is guided by our core values and behaviours, identified by our staff and embedded throughout the organisation.

We have the highest CQC rating of all Acute NHS Trusts in Kent and Medway (Good). The CQC highlighted that managers promoted a positive culture that supported, valued staff and created a sense of common purpose based upon shared values.

The Trust is a great place to work, stay, develop a career and enjoy a healthy work life balance. We have made and are delivering on a wide range of commitments to staff; health and wellbeing; equality; diversity and inclusion; access to education and career development. During 2020 we are setting up quality councils, driven by our staff to create a culture of shared governance and quality improvement.

We have a strong focus on innovation and improvement. Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) ‘Healthcare Alliance’ we are introducing new models of care to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Our association with GSTT also gives staff wishing to develop their skills excellent opportunities to work across numerous specialities.

As our local population increases, our services and skills are expanding and adapting to meet demand. We are continuously looking at best practice models to enhance and improve the services we offer.

The Trust provides services at Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, for a local population of over 500,000 people.

If you would like to be part of our innovative and forward thinking team putting patients at the centre of all we do, we invite you to #joinourfamily.

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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