An approach to mentoring healthcare play specialist students
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An approach to mentoring healthcare play specialist students

Rachel Brown Practice educator, Clinical education team, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Mags Jubb Manager, Clinical education team, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London

Healthcare play specialists (HPSs) provide therapeutic play programmes for children in healthcare settings. Each HPS student must have a mentor in practice, but most HPSs have received no formal training for their role. This article explores mentoring in the HPS service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. A study day for HPSs was arranged to share best practice and discuss the challenges of mentoring students. Stronger links were built between the higher education institute that delivers the training to HPS students and the trust, and the HPSs were provided with a deeper understanding of what was required of them in their mentoring role. HPSs highlighted the importance of a yearly update on mentoring students.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 9, 32-35. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2016.e778

Correspondence

rachel.brown@gstt.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to Open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 31 March 2016

Accepted: 05 May 2016