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Therapeutic Specialised Play

Service Description:

The Department of Therapeutic and Specialised Play provides one of the largest and most comprehensive hospital play services in the UK and Europe.

The department provides diagnostic, therapeutic, developmental and specialised play for all children/young people and families from all cultures and backgrounds. The play specialists work with children and young people on all wards and areas of the hospitals.

The service is involved in several schemes including the Bee Prepared and Bee Well schemes, the Breakaway Youth Club, the Craft Club, the Cardiac Youth Forum, Patient and Public Information (PPI) events, the Teen Talk youth forum (in collaboration with the PALS service) and fundraising. It is also involved in teaching and benchmarking throughout the North West and beyond.

The department arranges entertainment including 'Music in Hospitals', 'POD' entertainment for children in hospitals (www.podcharity.org.uk), Theodora Clown Doctors plus arts and crafts events.

Click here to see an example of the events we support and arrange.

The service includes a Therapeutic and Specialised Play Manager (Head of Play Services), Therapeutic and Specialised Play Consultant, Play Specialists, Play Leaders and Play Service Bank Staff.
Carers' page on play services

Head of Service:

Susan Fairclough - Head of Play Services (Therapeutic and Specialised Play Manager) - 0161 701 5652  ( Bleep 1277) External 0161 276 1234 ask for bleep 1277


Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Oxford Road
M13 9WL

Contact Numbers:

Therapeutic and Specialised Play Centre - 0161 701 0698 
Susan Fairclough - Play Specialist Manager - 0161 701 5652 (Bleep 1277) External 0161 276 1234 ask for bleep 1277
Ann Rowley - Play Department Secretary - 0161 701 5652 (Bleep 1277) External 0161 276 1234 ask for bleep 1277

Click here for directions to the Hospital