All departments seeing more than 16,000 new patients/year
should have, or have access to, a play therapist.
The role of a play specialist in emergency care settings includes:
- providing distraction therapy for potentially distressing procedures enhancing nursing and medical skills to involve play in the management of procedures in children
- maintenance of a child-centred environment, including advising on safe and appropriate toys and facilities
- supervision of play in the department
- advising on the requirements of children with special needs
Further information can be found in the 3rd edition of the RCPCH’s “Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings”.