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0-19 Specialist Infant Feeding Community Public Health Practitioner HV

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the 0-19 Service at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust as a 0-19 Specialist Infant Feeding (SCPHN) Health Visitor.

The post holder will be compassionate, accountable individual who treats all colleagues, patients and service users with respect and seeks to deliver excellence in their role. They will share the Trust values and be committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, working with people with different cultural backgrounds using Health Linkers/Interpreters where necessary.

The practitioner will work in the 0-19 Service with The Infant Feeding Team. The Practitioner will deliver the 0-19 evidence-based interventions around Infant feeding for families within Sheffield.

The practitioner will be based within aLocality Health Visiting Team, supervised by the 0-19 Specialist Infant Feeding and Nutrition Health Visitor Lead.

The Post Holder will work with infants and their families and act as a resource to support the 0-19 practitioners to promote and participate in ensuring the UNICEF Baby Friendly Standards which are embedded in routine practice and maintained in this Trust under the guidance of the Infant Feeding Specialist Lead/Coordinator and respect women's choice of feeding method and encourage close and loving relationships.

The post holder will be expected to hold a driving licence and have access to a car to implement interventions within the family home visiting families throughout the city of Sheffield.

Main duties of the job

To Support the Specialist Infant Feeding & Nutrition lead to train and support the staff in the implementation, achievement and maintenance of the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative best practice standards.

To provide high quality Infant Feeding services and care for pregnant and post -natal women and their families on behalf of Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust and the SCH Community care Group, and in collaboration with NFT SCH.

To Support the Specialist Infant Feeding & Nutrition lead to work towards increasing breastfeeding rates in Sheffield, in line with the public health agenda to improve health and reduce inequalities.

30 hours pw

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be the lead professional where there are complex infant feeding issues.

To assess babies with suspected tongue tie and refer to hospital appropriately.

To work with families in a variety of settings including home visits, providing evidence based advice and support.

To develop and deliver an agreed programme of care by a continuous cycle of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.

To deliver an equitable service to all families. Where there are barriers to communication, enlist appropriate support to address both language and literary issues.

To actively participate in, and facilitate health promotion programmes and provide both formal and informal teaching e.g., breastfeeding, parenting, immunisation, smoking cessation etc.

To work with families where children are identified as being vulnerable or in need of extra support e.g., parenting issues, behaviour problems, family breakdown, substance abuse, domestic violence.

To liaise effectively with other members of the multi-agency, multi-disciplinary teams to ensure cohesive planning of care for individuals. families and communities.

To provide a Targeted/Specialist High Impact care to vulnerable groups, families and individuals in a population and within available resources.

To work across the city supporting mothers and babies with complex feeding issues workingwithallocatedhealthvisitingteamsandreferringon(e.g.Tonguetieclinic)appropriately.

Deliver Baby Friendly training to new staff in collaboration with Midwives, Local Authority and Sheffield Childrens hospital acute Trust.

To deliver annual BFI update training for all 0-19 staff

Support the infant feeding and nutrition lead to undertake regular BFI audits of staff and mothers.

To attend citywide and regional Infant Feeding meetings and any other appropriate meetings to support/ cover for Infant Feeding Lead.

To participate in own appraisal and compilation of a Personal Development Plan which will provide evidence of continued professional development/ training.

To provide and undertake an annual appraisal/ development review for the staff you manage. (Skill Mix Staff who are part of the 0-19 team).

To prescribe medicines when appropriate using the Nurse Prescribing Formulary.

Participate in regular and thorough assessment of risks, and effective management action to avoid or reduce risks to self and those staff, activities and workplaces for which the post-holder is responsible and accountable.

For an informal chat about this role, please contact:

Anita Ellis


Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification



  • Demonstrates an understanding of the Public Health agenda and the role of the 0-19 practitioners
  • Experience of delivering the Healthy Child Programme.
  • Evidence of delivering Public Health interventions
  • Evidence of effective multi-disciplinary team working
  • Experience of working within the 0-19 service and working within the community and family homes.
  • Working with mothers and babies who breastfeed


  • Demonstrates the ability to recognise vulnerabilities when working with children, young people, and families
  • Public health and health promotion experience and group facilitation
  • Evidence of setting up new initiative in response to local need.
  • Participate in and initiate breastfeeding audits



  • Demonstrates an understanding of the Healthy Child Programme and the effectiveness of early intervention
  • Demonstrates an understanding of responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children and young people.
  • Ability to use email, internet and word processing software and system one electronic record keeping.
  • Understanding of BFI ethos and framework


  • Demonstrates an understanding of factors which impact on long term health and wellbeing.
  • Experience in community development & Teaching skills
  • Act as a clinical supervisor

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree in Health Visiting
  • Registered Nurse Registered Sick Children's Nurse Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities Registered Mental Health Nurse.
  • Current, active NMC registration
  • Nurse Prescribing Certificate
  • Two day BFI Infant Feeding and Relationship Training.


  • Completion of Mentoring Training
  • Teaching or Health Promotion Qualification
  • Leadership Training (e.g. LEO)
  • Completed a variety of BFI Training Courses

Personal Attributse


  • Evidence of the ability to organise and prioritise own workload
  • Demonstrates the ability to work autonomously and as part of a skill mix team.
  • An effective confident communicator with a caring attitude and excellent interpersonal skills who is flexible and adaptable to change.
  • Holds a current driving licence and has access to a car for work purposes.
  • Shows passion and enthusiasm for infant feeding.


  • Experience of building therapeutic relationships
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation in practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Western Bank


S10 2TH

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