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Play and Recreation Facilitator Emergency Department

Band 3

Main area
Children and young people services
Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Russell's hall Hospital
£21,730 - £23,177 Per Annum
Salary period
29/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

Come and join our amazing team, in the Paediatric Emergency department at Russell's Hall Hospital Dudley.  This is an exciting opportunity to work in collaboration with the Play Specialist Team to meet the normalising play needs of children & young people  within the paediatric Emergency Department.

You will use play to provide basic distraction from the hospital environment. Work flexibly within the play team to facilitate services to support play opportunities for children within the play.

You will work  Monday - Friday  10am - 6pm with Alternate Weekends, bank holidays and Christmas holidays 

This role is truly rewarding, and with your help we can make a positive difference to a child's  journey through the Emergency Department.




Main duties of the job

Actively promote Health and Wellbeing with children, young people and families.

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate a programme of daily play, recreation and leisure activities which can be delivered flexibly depending on where the child/young person is i.e. play room, bedside etc.

Maintain a safe working environment

Ensure that all children and young people have appropriate access to

normalising play, recreation activities and leisure time during their time in hospital.

 Use play to provide basic distraction from the hospital environment.

 Work flexibly within the play team to facilitate services to support play opportunities for children within the play.

To have an understanding of the reasonable adjustments required for

children with learning disabilities, including sourcing safe, appropriate play and resource activities.


Working for our organisation

At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of “excellent health care, improved health for all”.  We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace.

We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse, disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust recognises the values and transferable skills that the Armed Forces community bring and recognise their compatibility with NHS roles.

We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possible.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake


Person specification

Eduation & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 3 in child health and social care or certificate in hospital play specialism or Healthcare play certificate, and current registration with Hospital play specialist Education Trust
  • 5 GCSE's A_C grade including English and Maths
Desirable criteria
  • Making every contact count training or willingness to undertake

Skills and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Previous relevent experience, especially in the care of children / young people aged 0-19 years
  • Knowledge of issues relating to consent and confidentiality
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to safe guarding and cultural and diversity awareness
  • Good understanding of Health & Safety issues relating to children/ young people and play
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with children and young people with learning disabilities including those with challenging behaviours

communication and interprsonal skills

Essential criteria
  • Effective written. verbal and non verbal communication skills
  • Basic IT skills or be prepared to undertake training
  • Able to liasise with other professionals

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident leaderArmed Forces Covenant Bronze AwardENEI TIDE Gold 2021Care Leaver CovenantNHS Pastoral Care

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Joanne Timmins
Job title
Lead Nurse Paediatric ED
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