Moorfields play specialist recognised as ‘exceptional’

A play specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Florence Donovan, has been recognised by the Healthcare Play Specialist Education Trust (HPSET) for going above and beyond in providing exceptional play specialist services to our paediatric patients.

Between January – April this year HPSET reviewed and assessed over 200 play specialist continuing professional development (CPD) profiles. Of these 27 were identified as going ‘above and beyond’ the trust’s regulatory requirements and were nominated for a ‘CPD profile of the year’ award, including Florence.

During the Covid-19 pandemic it has been difficult for our play specialist staff to provide their usual group activities as sharing toys and physical contact is not permitted, but our play specialist team has adapted and continues to provide great care under challenging circumstances. One change they’ve implemented is putting toys in clinic rooms instead of shared play areas and they have been cleaning the toys after each patient. The team have also prepared individual colouring and craft bags to give to the children having surgery, including toys for them to take home.

Coming into hospital can be a frightening time for children and their parents, especially in the current covid-19 pandemic. Families are able to relax in the play areas at Moorfields and our play staff allow young children to leave the hospital world in their imagination and enter their familiar world of play.

Reflecting on the award, Florence commented:
“I’m delighted to receive this award from the HPSET, my professional body – keeping my CPD knowledge and skills up to date is a really important part of providing high quality care to our paediatric patients and it’s nice to be recognised for championing CPD.”

Read more about children’s services at Moorfields.

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