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5 August 2013

CAVC only college in Wales to offer Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism

Cardiff and Vale College has become the only Further Education institution in Wales to offer qualifications for becoming a play specialist working in a hospital or community setting.

The College will offer the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism, working in partnership with the University of West London. CAVC will be one of just four colleges in the UK to offer the course.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Provost of the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare at the University of West London, said: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Cardiff and Vale College for the delivery of the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism. We look forward to seeing a number of healthcare and child care professionals benefitting from the opportunity to specialise in this important field of work.”

CAVC Programme Area Leader Andrea Morgans said: “Over the last couple of years play specialists have become a respected part of the healthcare system.

“We need this course running in Wales as in the past we’ve had people travelling as far as Edinburgh in order to gain this qualification.”

Play specialists lead play activities and use play as a therapeutic tool. They can help children in hospital deal with their anxieties and use play to prepare children for hospital procedures. Most play specialists work in hospitals, but they can also work in hospices and other community settings.

Play staff start work as play assistants and progress through further training and experience to basic grade hospital play specialists, and can progress further with more training and experience to NHS management.

As well as the Foundation Degree, the course leads to registration with the Hospital Play Staff Education Trust (HPSET), the registration body for healthcare play specialists. Graduates can also apply for a Level 6 ‘top up’ Bachelor’s Degree.

People interested in the Foundation Degree Healthcare Specialism must have a Level 3 qualification in childcare or a related field and have worked with children for at least two years after gaining that qualification.

Going to college to study Higher Education qualifications can save on relocation and travel costs. Courses are also flexible as most Foundation Degrees can be studied part time enabling students to fit them around work and other commitments.

The new Foundation Degree adds to the College’s already extensive portfolio of award-winning care and healthcare course provision which extends right across the sector.