Assesses the developmental level, and the psychosocial and emotional responses of the child to the illness and treatment process. Develops and implements a plan of care to promote optimum development and maintain normalized living patterns and experiences. Provides a variety of goal directed play programs and opportunities for gaining a senses of mastery, self expression, learning, family involvement and peer interaction, in both the inpatient and the ambulatory setting. Works collaboratively as a member of the health care team. Supports the academic health sciences centre by providing/sharing knowledge with families, the public and other professionals internal and external to the Hospital for Sick Children. Strives to provide evidence-based care by integrating research with practice. Maintains a commitment to lifelong learning and creates, utilizes and/or disseminates new knowledge to others.
1. Assess / Plan Care:
Performs developmental screening of the child (referral guidelines available)
Performs in-depth assessment of the child’s:
capacity to engage in developmentally appropriate activities related to play and social interaction
understanding and ability to manage/cope with procedures, illness and the treatment process
behavior and /or play patterns
special needs related to lengthy and/or repeated hospitalization
Prioritizes needs of child/family based on child life evaluation criteria.
Develops a child life plan of care in collaboration with the child/family and the health care team.
Referral guidelines available.
Documents on the development of the interdisciplinary plan of care.
A variety of age/developmentally appropriate play experiences to promote the maintenance of normal living patterns and minimize stress/ trauma associated with hospitalization
Provides Child Life interventions that include:
play programs that address identified social/emotional/physical/developmental issues (individual and/or group)
preparation and/or development of coping strategies for medical/surgical procedures and hospitalization
distraction/support during procedures
Supervision/direction to volunteers
Provides leadership and education to Child Life Students
Facilitates discharge planning in collaboration with the health care team.
Orientation/education to new and existing H.S.C. staff as to Child Life role
Advocacy for child/family needs
Provides and maintains safe toys and environment.
Assesses, evaluates and revises the plan of care based on Child Life evaluation criteria within the framework of the interdisciplinary plan of care. Ensures the Child Life plan is responsive to and supportive of the individualized needs of the child/family with regard to acuity of illness, necessity of technology, and goals of the interdisciplinary team.
Provides expert consultation to children/families, H.S.C. staff, community agencies, satellite centres, national and international centres.
5. Research / Education:
Participates in and promotes research.
Practices evidence-based care.
6. Organizational Responsibilities:
Accountable to align activities and performance with strategic goals and objectives of Hamad Medical Corporation
Adheres to hospital standards, policies, procedures in all aspects of providing care.
Participates in Quality Management, including Clinical Resource Management activities.
Participates in the Performance Management Program.
Participates in hospital/departmental committees.
Participates in continuing education activities.
Performs administrative duties as required.
7. Physical Requirements:
This position requires standing, sitting, walking, and talking for undetermined periods of time. The individual can reasonably be expected to bend, stoop, reach, turn, and carry certain amount of weight 50 % of the time.
8. Working Conditions:
Regular Hours of Work: 40 hours/week
Irregular Hours of Work: Flexible to meet child & family needs.
Work Environment (unusual hazards, irritants, etc.): Exposure to infectious diseases, working in an environment designed for children.
– Bachelor degree or higher in Child Life, Child development, Education (early childhood-secondary), Expressive Therapies (art, music, play), Social Work/Care, Recreational Therapy, or related area.
– Successful completion of the Child Life Council Certification (CCLS) exam (available worldwide) resulting in a current CCLS credential
– Current registration as a hospital/health care play specialist (UK, NZ)
2 years of clinical experience in a pediatric setting, working with children and families
English; with Arabic preferred
Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications and navigating web-based applications
- Job Location
- Doha, Qatar
- Company Industry
- Medical/Hospital; Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician; Healthcare, other
- Company Type
- Employer (Public Sector)
- Job Role
- Medical, Healthcare, and Nursing
- Employment Type
- Full Time Employee
- Monthly Salary Range
- Number of Vacancies
- Job Ref.
- Career Level
- Mid Career
- Years of Experience
- Min: 2
- Bachelor’s degree / higher diploma