The Community Play Specialist is based at Woodfield Road Medical Centre and is as part of the Children’s Community Nursing Team. The service provides community based play to children with complex health needs and is offered to all families within the CLCH Trust. This includes the boroughs of Westminster, Chelsea, Fulham, Kensington and Hammersmith.
The service provides holistic support for children, young people and families with acute, chronic illnesses and disability. This includes physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social assessments to aid with the child’s development.
The service supports siblings as well as the child needing medical help or interventions.
The sessions aim to provide fun, laughter and enjoyment through play and to teach the child the skills and coping strategies in order to enable them to understand their medical conditions and treatments.
The Play Specialist criteria consists of:
- Offering and providing home based therapeutic play for children with Complex Health Needs/Medical Needs living in Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith, Fulham and Westminster.
- Providing emotional support for children and their siblings through the combined use of focused developmental and therapeutic play, and to help children prepare for medical/nursing procedures through preparation play.