How to become a health play specialist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
You'll need a foundation degree in a healthcare play specialism to register with the Healthcare Play Specialist Education Trust as a registered Health Play Specialist. This is a 2-year, part-time course. To get onto the course, you usually need:
- a childcare qualification at level 3 or above
- GCSEs or equivalent in English and maths
- at least 2 years' experience of working with children - paid or voluntary
Courses are a mix of practical work and theory. If you're not already working in healthcare play, you need to arrange a placement during the course.
You may be able to do a health play specialist practitioner higher apprenticeship.
You will need some experience of working with children in a childcare or healthcare setting.
There may be opportunities with the NHS, as well as independent and private providers of healthcare services. You can find vacancies through NHS Jobs and the National Association of Health Play Specialists.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
When applying for jobs and apprenticeships, you'll be expected to have an understanding of how NHS values apply in your work.