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.