HPSET is recommending, that for those who are listed on the Public Register, that the title, REGISTERED HEALTH PLAY SPECIALIST is used. This will help to support professional recognition and to fulfil your duty of care to provide reassurance to the public.

New Annual re-registration introduced January 2019 with three yearly audits for all registrants commencing in January 2020
All registered HPS are reminded to add registration@hpset.org.uk to their list of ‘Contacts’ or ‘Safe Senders’ to ensure that all emails from HPSET go straight to their Inbox.

PLEASE NOTE: It is a condition of registration with HPSET that the registrant’s user page shows their contact and employment details in full. This information must be maintained up-to-date throughout the year.


Registration promotes continued professional development and is recognised as good practice.
It is a current requirement of most health professionals.

Healthcare Play Specialists are encouraged to re-register with HPSET annually. You can access the annual online application form using your personal login page.

Information for Line Managers re. Registration with HPSET

Unlike the registration of nurses with the RCN, the registration of play specialists with HPSET remains voluntary – HPSET is actively working to change to mandatory registration in the future. Our register is open to public scrutiny.

All qualified play specialists are advised to maintain registration with HPSET as it offers an assurance of service quality, adherence to a Code of Professional Conduct and Professional Standards. We are committed to Continual Professional Development.

Where an HPS’s contract of employment specifies registration with HPSET as an essential job requirement, a lapse in registration should be referred up the line of management for a decision on the most appropriate course of action.

HPS whose registration has lapsed may apply to re-join the HPSET register by submitting a Late Re-registration application, including Professional Development Profile, and paying the late application fee. Details are available on the Late Re-registration page.

A Late Re-registration application is assessed by a member of HPSET’s Registration Standards Committee, typically within 6 weeks of receipt.

An HPS whose registration has lapsed may not act as a student mentor/supervisor until their registration has been reinstated.

Individual HPS should be encouraged to access their personal page of the HPSET website to check their own registration status and re-registration renewal date and to ensure that their contact details are up-to-date.

Registration Responsibilities