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Senior Play Specialist / Senior Activity Coordinator (Team Leader)

Band 6

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Band 6
Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
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University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)
£36,481 - £44,044 per annum inclusive
28/07/2019 23:59

At UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) our success starts with you.

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation and a tradition of innovation.

Based in the busy West End of London, we have a lively and vibrant working atmosphere, with quick and easy transport links to all our sites. Our size and resources enable us to offer a range of attractive benefits as well as unparalleled education and development opportunities for staff at all levels. This includes an extensive portfolio of academic and clinical courses and programmes ranging from ongoing personal development through to clinical excellence and leadership skills. UCLH prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing.

Senior Play Specialist / Senior Activity Coordinator (Team Leader)

Radiotherapy Department

BAND 6 - 37.5hrs - 1.0WTE

UCLH Cancer

Cancer care is one of the top three strategic priorities for UCLH. Our vision is to become Europe’s premier Cancer centre. An ambitious programme of transformation and investment underpins this vision. Highlights include the centralisation of complex care across north and east London to UCLH encompassing haemato-oncology, urology, head & neck, neuro-oncology and upper GI, and building a new hospital containing 135 haematology beds, 10 theatres, leading edge imaging and the nationally commissioned Proton Beam Therapy Service, due to open in 2019

Department overview

UCLH is situated in the Heart of London’s west end with easy access by all forms of public transport.

The Radiotherapy department opened in 2005 and has 4 linear accelerators of which there is a replacement programme in progress. A GE CT-Sim is on the planning section and radiotherapy imaging also takes place in the MRI and PET suites. The department boasts a comprehensive brachytherapy suite and a Gulmay skin unit.

The department delivers radiotherapy services for a broad spectrum of cancers which include a wide range of common cancers as well as specialist treatments including a paediatric and adolescent workload, brachytherapy and isotope work, total body irradiation and limb sarcoma radiotherapy. The department is delivering SABR through the commissioning through evaluation programme; also the trust was recently appointed in the SRS contract.

In October 2012, the Department of Health (DH) published the Strategic Outline Case (SOC) for the Development of a national Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) service. This SOC looked at the evidence and options for the development of a PBT service in England and concluded that it should be implemented on two sites, UCLH and The Christie (Manchester). The DH agreed to fund one accelerator and three gantry treatment rooms on each site. The preferred and agreed option for UCLH was to construct a PBT facility on the UCLH campus; construction commenced in 2015 and the planned completion date is summer 2020. The National PBT service will focus mainly on head and neck, brain and sarcoma treatment sites. Paediatrics, and teenage and young adults, will make up approximately one third of the patient cohort.

As UCLH has been designated as one of two national Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) centres for the UK and the Trust will be one of two sites delivering PBT across the NHS from 2020, staff will therefore undertake rotations between the photon and proton departments

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen at UCLH for a qualified health play specialist holding extensive post qualifying experience to join our highly respected team. Are you a qualified registered health play specialist looking to further develop your career as part of a larger play team? Do you want to join a large London Trust where you will work with a range of health care professionals in a world class environment? Are you someone who thrives on making a difference to a young person’s hospital experience and wants to develop your career with this age group? If yes then come and join us!

We are looking for an energetic and proactive play specialist to work with children, young people and young adults within our Radiotherapy Services. Supporting patients attending for radiotherapy planning and treatment, you will be vital in reducing the anxiety surrounding hospital treatment and procedures. You will be proactive in creating and maintaining an age appropriate environment throughout the area and facilitate therapeutic interventions to the case load of patients attending UCLH during their radiotherapy journey.

You will need to have experience of working with children and young people in a healthcare setting and be able to deal sensitively with families under stress. You will need to be able to engage easily with children and young people and be able to work effectively with your MDT colleagues to enhance the children and young person’s hospital experience. You will work as part of a supportive team where play and recreation is valued and respected as an integrated part of children young people’s treatment and your contribution to the patient’s pathway will be highly respected.

The post holder will need to be able to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the service as and when required. The FdA in Healthcare Play Specialism, Edex PDC/HND in Specialised play for the sick child or the previous HPSC/HPSEB, or international equivalent, is required for this post

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Applicant requirements

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

If this post sounds interesting and you would like further information or you would like to arrange an informal visit, please contact;


Nazima Haji, Radiotherapy Services Manager

e-mail: nazima.haji1@nhs.net Telephone 0203 4473781


Laura Allington, PBT operational Lead

e-mail: l.allington@nhs.net Telephone 02034473739