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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/11/2021.

Play Leader (XR04)

Job Reference: 298-CHI-805

Leeds Children's Hospital
298 Childrens Play Team
The Leeds General Infirmary
£22,549 to £24,882 pa

Play Specialist/ Play Leader (Band 4)

15 hours - 2 days a week (flexible to suit service needs- may include an occasional Saturday)

We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly and motivated healthcare Play Specialist/ Play Leader to join our team of Play Specialists and Play Leaders, here at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

This post is on a regional cardiac surgical ward where you will be involved in providing play activities for patients of various ages both within the playroom and at a patient’s bedside. You will use play to help introduce some normality, during a patients hospital stay, relieve some boredom and provide some fun and enjoyment during their hospital stay. With support and training you will help prepare some children for forthcoming procedures and to provide distraction/ procedural support during treatments helping to minimise stress and anxieties.

You will be responsible for maintaining play equipment and keeping the play areas clean, safe and stimulating. The role will consist of working with groups of children within the playroom to provide appropriate fun activities and undertaking 1 to 1 work with children who are unable to access the playroom.

You will need to have experience of working with families sensitively under stress/pressure. You will be required to work closely and effectively as part of the multi professional team within the department and to have excellent written and communication skills. You will be working as part of a supportive play team where play / preparation and distraction are highly valued.

Childcare / play work qualification at level 3 or above is required for this post.

This post is 15 hours a week, for a year in the first instance with potential for extension to a permanent position.

This vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient suitable applications are received.

Our goal is to be the best place to work, to achieve this we engage with and listen to our staff, to understand their needs. We are proud to support all individuals to work flexibly so they can maintain a good work life balance and provide support as a carer or parent. We value our diverse staff and are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required and to support staff who require adjustments to ensure they can work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you are offered a position, you may be required to undertake a DBS. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost (Enhanced £48 or Standard £30) from your salary over a 3 month period (including Internal staff). You will also be required to participate in the DBS Update Service and pay the £13 cost per year. This is a condition of your employment. DBS checks for volunteers are free.

Please ensure your application is submitted with referees who can verify your employment/education history over the last three years and include valid email addresses for them. LTHT will request electronic Factual Employment References from your previous employers. These references will be requested before you are issued with an unconditional offer of employment letter.

Please note that a car parking permit or space cannot be guaranteed.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust has received the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and we welcome applications from defence personnel to work for us.

If you have any questions about the process please contact the Recruitment Service on (0113) 2065980

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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