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SIDRA4978 - Specialist - Child Life Services I - Future Vacancy (Arabic Speaking Only)

Department: Allied Health Div
Division: Support Services Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 08-Dec-2019
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

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 Specialist – Child Life Services I under the supervision of the Supervisor – Child Life Services, competently provides safe and effective child life support to Women, Children and Families within Sidra Medicine. This position assesses and provides services in response to the identified psychosocial and developmental needs of children and their families. This position provides education and coping support to children and families to reduce the stress and anxiety accompanying hospitalization and other aspects of health care. The Specialist – Child Life Services I will be responsible for supporting training of, and working with Child Life Assistants and volunteers, as well as providing educational experiences for Child Life students. The Specialist – Child Life Services I works in collaboration with other members of the health care team and strives to provide evidence-based care by integrating research with practice; promotes continuous improvement and helps to generate innovative ideas within child life specialty practice; maintains a commitment to life-long learning and creates, utilizes and/or disseminates new knowledge to patients and their families, the public and other internal /external health professionals.


Key Roles & Responsibilities:
      • Under the supervision of the Child Life Services Supervisor makes decisions related to the plans of care for women/children.

      • Makes day to day decisions regarding assessment and interventions that impact patients and families and collaborating staff/colleagues.

      • Makes recommendations to the supervisor regarding decisions that have a unit/service impact.


      Essential Function 1 - 40%

      Assesses, meaningfully interacts with, and provides a safe, therapeutic and healing environment for children and families:

      • Implements Child Life services using evidence-based practice.

      • Uses developmentally appropriate play as a primary tool in assessing and meeting psychosocial needs.

      • Utilizes therapeutic play and other creative modalities to meet individual development and emotional needs.

        **Therapeutic play refers to specialized activities that are developmentally supportive and facilitate the emotional well-being of a pediatric patient. Therapeutic play typically consists of at least one of the following types of activities: 1) the encouragement of emotional expression (e.g. reenactment of experiences through healthcare play), 2) instructional play to educate children about medical experiences, and 3) physiologically enhancing play (e.g. blowing bubbles to improve breathing).

      • Paces interactions in response to a child’s and family’s lead.

      • Applies formal and informal assessment techniques to assess psychosocial needs, and continue cyclical process of assessment, plan, intervention, and evaluation.

      • Supports the central role of the family, valuing strengths and needs; works to maintain family units.

      • Provides support to siblings, parents, and other friends and family members in order to improve understanding of the patient’s situation and familiarization with the health care environment.

      • Demonstrates respect for diversity.

      • Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships.

      • Creates an environment where play is valued.

      • Plans and implements varied developmentally supportive activities.

      • Utilizes effective communication skills in the process of supporting children and families.

      • Provides input about facility design and provisions to promote orientation, comfort, healing, security, and


      • Participates in interdisciplinary care conferences, psychosocial rounds, and nursing report.

      • Maintains good interpersonal relations with patients, families, visitors, and other employees, following

        departmental and hospital-wide philosophy.

      • Communicates concisely with others, integrating theory and evidence-based practice to obtain and share pertinent information.

      • Prepares and maintains a safe, inviting, and developmentally responsive play environment appropriate for patients and families.

      • Ensures that the department’s resources, playrooms, and activity areas are maintained appropriately and cleaned per hospital guidelines, adhering to MOPH standards.

      • Ensures that infection control procedures are adhered to at all times and provides assistance to the Department in this regard. This would include wiping down table surfaces, toy washing, and acting as liaison with Housekeeping and Infection Control staff.


      Essential Function 2 -  40%

      Provides teaching for and assists with potentially stressful patient and family health care events:

      • 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 and procedural support.

      • Assesses patient and family knowledge level, misconceptions, previous experience, and unique social, cultural and learning needs.

      • Assesses patient and family responses to stress.

      • Plans and implements teaching and support accordingly.

      • Provides psychological preparation, incorporating key elements of developmentally appropriate information, encouragement of emotional expression, and the formation of a trusting relationship.

      • Uses accurate and developmentally appropriate teaching aids and techniques.

      • Recognizes verbal and non-verbal cues and adapts accordingly.

      • Uses minimally threatening, developmentally supportive language.

      • Describes sensory information, sequence, timing and duration of events.

      • Facilitates planning, rehearsal, and implementation of coping strategies.

      • Facilitates opportunities for play to decrease distress and increase effective coping.

      • Utilizes appropriate psychological pain management strategies, and advocates for additional intervention as needed.

      • Considers the unique needs of the child and family, such as coping style, previous experience, developmental level, culture, spirituality, family situation, and emotional state.


      Essential Function 3 – 20%

      Represent, communicate, and teach Child Life services appropriately to other professionals, volunteers, students, and the community; work collaboratively with all parties as needed to achieve optimal outcomes:

      • Demonstrates respect for the viewpoints of others.

      • Coordinates Child Life services with others.

      • Integrates interdisciplinary goals into Child Life services.

      • Creates concise, objective and accurate clinical notes, documenting information pertinent to the plan of care.

      • Documents all relevant patient information in alignment with documentation guidelines appropriately and in a timely manner.

      • Recommends consults or referrals when circumstances are beyond the scope of Child Life practice.

      • Demonstrates effective advocacy for Child Life practice and psychosocial issues.

      • Maintains professional presentation of self, including careful attention to verbal and written communication, as well as standards in dress code.

      • Provides comprehensive orientation to services.

      • Communicates expectations and roles clearly and concisely.

      • Assesses and responds to diverse learning needs.

      • Provides a safe learning and working environment.

      • Provides education to students by participating in and presenting during an internship module and learning opportunities.

      • Prepares expectations, goals, and plans for student rotation on assigned unit in coordination with the Internship Coordinator/Leadership, and guides students through learning experiences as assigned.

      • Provides orientation to department, assigned patient care areas, and hospital in general to observers, students, volunteers, and Child Life Assistants.

      • While directly supervising a student rotation, provides daily assignments, evaluates their work, and provides resources necessary.

      • Models professionalism at all times.

      • Communicates assessments, projects, and work completed to Child Life Supervisor and Manager on an ongoing basis.

      • Attends and participates in assigned meetings.

      • Participates in priority initiatives and education.

      • Participates in scholarly activities (publications, research, quality improvement, presentations, etc.) to advance the Child Life profession and best practices.

      • Assists in facilitation of department-wide professional development activities including: journal clubs, clinical supervision groups, and educational sessions.

      • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies

      • Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values


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





    Bachelor’s Degree in Child Life or Play Therapy, or Leisure Studies, or Child Development, Child and Family Studies, or Family Centered Care or Human Development or Sociology, or Psychology, or Therapeutic Recreation, or Expressive Arts, or Creative Arts Therapy, or Family Systems, or Social Work, or Early Childhood Education, or Education, or Public Health or Health Care Administration or similarly titled degree; Foundational courses in Child Life, Child Development, and Hospital Play

    Master’s Degree or post graduate diploma in Child Life, Child Development, or related field


    • 2+ year’s clinical experience as a Child Life Specialist or Hospital/Health Play Specialist in a pediatric setting.


    • Strong hands-on experience working/volunteering with children and families in a variety of settings (schools, daycares, camps, etc.).
    • Demonstrated expertise in pediatric tertiary academic medical centers.


    • Experience working with culturally diverse pediatric populations

    Certification and Licensure

    • Child Life Specialist Certification (CCLS) via the Association of Child Life Professionals (formerly Child Life Council, Inc). or Hospital Play Specialist Education Trust (HPSET) Registration; or Registered Hospital Play Specialist (RegHPS) via the Hospital Play Specialists Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand (Inc.)


    • Eligibility for Licensure in the State of Qatar


    • BLS
    • Post graduate specialty certification


    • Past and current work experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist or Hospital/Health Play Specialist in a pediatric tertiary academic medical centers.


    Professional Membership

    Member of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP), National Association for Health Play Specialist (UK), and/or Hospital Play Specialist Association (NZ)

    Additional memberships in diagnosis specific and child/family advocacy organizations

    Job Specific Skills and Abilities

    • Demonstrated knowledge of Child Life Specialist principles and practices.


    • Demonstrated ability to apply and integrate knowledge and skills into practice.


    • 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


    • Strong interpersonal, organizational and presentation skills, as well as an ability to communicate effectively within a team, across disciplines, and with patients and families.


    • Demonstrated ability to teach, assess and develop educational materials for staff and patients.


    • Evidence of effective communication skills.


    • Experience in organizing data and generating thorough, accurate, timely reports.


    • Effective team member.


    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite


    • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Clinical roles are performed in an acute care hospital care setting.

  • Physical effort required may include walking more than is typical due to the distances between hospital units.

  • Physical risks normally associated with an acute care clinical environment.

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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