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Infant Feeding Team Manager

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An amazing job opportunity has risen to join Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust's forward thinking, compassionate, family focused Specialist Infant Feeding team.

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual who is passionate about infant feeding and is able to demonstrate excellent experience in leading a clinical team.

We welcome applications from those candidates who do not hold the essential IBCLC qualification for the post but would be willing to undertake further training through a trainee/development post route

Main duties of the job

You will lead in the clinical area, acting as an infant feeding resource, providing expert infant feeding knowledge and support to families and to the ongoing development of allstaff. Working alongside the Infant Feeding Programme Manager and the wider team, they will support the clinical implementation of the infant feeding service and provide expertadvice for colleagues on complex feeding issues.

You will have to show exceptional communication skills, a passion for service development and will be expected to use their expert clinical knowledge alongside management andleadership skills to improve the working lives of staff and an enhance patient experience. You'll work in partnership with all key stakeholders and the wider service to improve thehealth and well being of the population in Kent and the maintenance of the UNICEF Baby Friendly standards and progression towards Gold award.

If you have had experience in giving expert advice to women and their families about infant feeding are well versed in the Baby Friendly ethos and committed to giving excellentcare we would like to hear from you.

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

We've signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we're delivering our pledge to be the best employer

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place on the 16th October 2023.

Find out more about the community difference here.

Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • Registered health care professional (NMC registration ) 3
  • Educated to degree level in relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of Post Graduate Specialist qualifications relevant to area of practice - e.g. Lactation Consultant qualification and registered with the IBLC


  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse qualification
  • Clinical Supervisor/Practice Assessor
  • Leadership and Management qualification



  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in area of practice
  • Experience of leading and managing teams
  • Supporting others (mentor / educator / supervisor ) experience
  • Experience of developing policy and service development plans with practical experience of change management.
  • Practical experience in managing health related projects/complex caseloads


  • Experience with the use of Microsoft Office and a variety of IT packages (E-Pay / E-roster/ TAPS/ CIS)



  • Ability to demonstrate a good level of specialist infant feeding knowledge including UNICEF BFI.
  • Understanding of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance to relevant to care setting and its application across health care services
  • Evidence of continued relevant professional development and implementation in practice within the last 12 months
  • Proven ability to develop effective partnerships to achieve practical outcomes across organisational boundaries including statutory organisations, external agencies, community and voluntary organisations

skills & abilities


  • Ability to manage time effectively, priorities and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people at all organisational levels across different sectors including areas of social deprivation
  • Highly developed facilitation skills
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information to individuals and groups
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice.
  • Ability to manage and lead change
  • Ability to work under pressure

Ability to Manage


  • Able to support the implementation of local and national agendas for health under the guidance of the senior Practitioner
  • Ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage own time effectively

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Molehill Copse


ME16 8BX

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