The Community Play Specialists are based at Woodfield Road Medical Centre and are 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, who meet specific eligibility criteria. The services fpr families living in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster City Council, and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
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 play and support 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 Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster City Council, and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
- 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.