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Child Life Specialist

Hamad Medical Corporation
Doha, Qatar


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.

  • 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.

Research / Education:

  • Participates in and promotes research.

  • Practices evidence-based care.

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.

Education / Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Studies or equivalent degree in either Early Childhood Studies, or Child Development / or Therapeutic Play.

  • Master’s or Post-graduate Diploma in Child Life / Therapeutic Play (Preferred)

  • Valid Primary License from the country of origin if applicable AND should be eligible for license in the State of Qatar within the Supreme Council of Health.

Experience Required:

  • Minimum 2 years of clinical experience in a pediatric setting, working with children and families

  • At least 1 year experience working with children and families in a hospital or in a community health care setting (Preferred)

Language Skills:

English and Arabic

Computer Skills:

Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications and navigating web-based applications


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