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SIDRA2493 - Child Life Specialist / Hospital Play Specialist II

Department: Allied Health Div
Division: Support Services Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23-Oct-2017
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards. Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is: “Sidra Medicine will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class: Patient and Family Centered Care Health Education Biomedical Discovery

Once fully operational by mid-2018, Sidra Medicine will handle 275,000 outpatient appointments, 11,000 procedures, 100,000 emergency attendances and deliver over 9,000 babies per year, adding capacity to a rapidly growing population and delivering world-class specialist care.

The hospital will include 10 operating theatres, 400 beds, 100 percent single rooms with a private bathroom, a birthing center and an emergency department.

Department Profile:

The Allied Health Department is a diverse mix of professions and services working together to provide patients with the comprehensive care that they require. Allied Health will provide services to neonatal, pediatric and adolescent patients of all specialties, as well as obstetrical and gynecological patients.

The vision of the Department of Allied Health is to provide outstanding care, rehabilitation, and patient/ family support through the provision of high quality clinicians and services working in an interdisciplinary environment that integrates education, research, and innovation into its model of care.


Job Summary:
The Child Life Specialist II, under minimal supervision, develops, coordinates and implements therapeutic, educational, and recreational child life interventions and programs for patients based on an understanding of normal growth and development and the impact that illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization have on this process. The Child Life Specialist II serves as an active mentor to junior staff and students and creates and evaluates formal and informal learning opportunities. Pre-operationally he/ she participates in all activities contributing to the development of the Child Life services including but not limited to: Child Life Information system build, formulation of policies and procedures relating to Child Life services both as a department and in collaboration with clinical programs.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:
  • With expert practice, assesses and prioritizes patient and family potential risk for stress with consideration for the unique needs of the individual and family, including coping style, previous experience, developmental level, culture, spirituality, family situation and emotional state
  • Utilizes knowledge of child development (neonate to adolescent) and family-centered care to design and implement child life interventions including age appropriate preparation and education, procedural support, and a range of therapeutic, expressive, and normalizing play experiences
  • Initiates, establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships and rapport with children and families in a high-paced acute clinical setting and paces interventions as needed
  • Introduces and facilitates rehearsal of techniques to aid child and family immediate and long-term coping, with illness, hospitalization, and related treatments
  • Functions as an active member of the health care team and serves as a resource for child-focused and family-centered approaches to care; providing in-services and support as needed
  • Promotes a positive work environment as evidenced by working collaboratively and demonstrating a professional, supportive attitude towards others, being receptive and responsive to new ideas and flexible to changing systems
  • Seeks out, synthesizes and applies current related research to ensure standards of evidence based practice are achieved and maintained
  • Delegates and oversees work of assistive personnel
  • Assesses learning needs and professional capabilities related to the specialty area and individual staff assigned in that area; ensures Child Life Specialists are proficient across professional competencies
  • Provides clinical supervision and mentorship for Qatari students on the Child Life Specialist track
  • Supports the manager in implementing a Sidra-based internship program for Child Life Specialist training
  • Develops and assists in facilitation of department-wide professional development activities including: journal clubs, clinical supervision groups, and educational sessions
  • Assists other Child Life Specialists in providing clinical interventions to parent/ families on an as-needed basis
  • Promotes and works  collaboratively in a team environment to achieve planned outcomes
  • Supports the assessment of clinical competence and audits compliance with Sidra standards of care
  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies

In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra during this early operational phase, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.

Essential Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child Life, Child Development, or related field; Foundational courses in Hospital Play
  • 5 years relevant clinical experience
  • Strong clinical expertise across the competencies of the Child Life profession
  • Experience in Child Life/ Hospital Play department leadership/ supervisory roles/ responsibilities
  • Child Life Specialist Certification via the Child Life Council, Inc. or Registration as Hospital Play Specialist via home country’s registration system
  • Member of the Child Life Council, Inc., National Association for Health Play Specialist (UK), and/ or Hospital Play Specialist Association (NZ) 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of best practices in Child Life specialty
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and presentation skills, as well as an ability to communicate effectively within a team, across disciplines, and with patients and families
  • Effective teaching, mentoring, and supervisory skills
  • Experience in organizing data and generating thorough, accurate, timely reports
  • Experience with Clinical Information systems
  • Ability to provide assessments regarding developmental reactions to hospitalization and risk for stress potential
  • Ability to design and implement interventions to meet individual patient and family needs
  • Ability to function as a collaborative member of the interdisciplinary team and communicate and advocate for patient/ family needs within this team
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff and through positive leadership skills and provide consistent and supportive feedback for personal and program improvement
  • Ability to make leadership decisions to simultaneously provide the best patient care and support hospital-wide strategic plans
  • Ability to provide assessments regarding developmental reactions to hospitalization and risk for stress potential
  • Ability to design and implement interventions to meet individual patient and family needs and enhance overall coping
  • Ability to function as a collaborative member of the interdisciplinary team and communicate and advocate for patient/ family needs within this team
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks including direct clinical work and administrative responsibilities
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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