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Infant Feeding Nurse

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 5
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate, motivated band 5 Nurse who has sound infant feeding knowledge to work within our Infant Feeding Team based at the Princess Anne Hospital for 22.5 hours a week over 3 days to cover maternity leave. You will be providing specialist infant feeding care, be enthusiastic to undertake training to become a tongue tie practitioner. With the Support of the Infant Feeding Team lead you will be part of the day-to-day running of the Infant Feeding Team and twice weekly tongue tie clinics for our Maternity Service.

The Infant Feeding Team work 7 days a week to give specialist support and advice to staff and new parents on their feeding journey. The Team is based on the postnatal ward at the Princess Anne Hospital. Help and support is provided at the bedside, in clinic settings, virtually via videocall and telephone. Our Maternity Unit is a busy fast paced service with 5000 births per year and a breastfeeding initiation rate of 81%. We are currently working towards achieving the Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What you will do:

In this role you will work in the Infant Feeding Team to help support with the day-to-day running of the infant feeding service. You will provide direct feeding support in the ward areas for families and staff, including supporting colleagues within the Infant Feeding Team. You will be involved in the referrals made for complex support and suspected tongue tie, responding to these appropriately with the support from the Infant Feeding Team lead. You will be closely involved with the ongoing work of implementing the Baby Friendly Standards, which will include education for families and staff. You will gain experience in service audit identifying key areas of focus to improve the service You will be able to work inter-professionally with voluntary and statutory groups across Southampton City and New Forest to protect and promote breastfeeding in Southampton. You will need to have a driving licence or have the ability to travel between the Princess Anne Hospital and the New Forest Birth Centre.

We are looking for:The candidate will be expected to demonstrate:o Competency and skills acquisition within the band 5 nurse role.o Passionate about infant feeding.o Sound infant feeding knowledge.o Ability to communicate effectively and compassionately.o Ability to work under own initiative and prioritise workload.o Good interpersonal skills.o Ability to make decisions.o Ability to work effectively in a team.

The role is for 22.5 hours per week over 3 shifts working flexibly to cover service needs between Monday - Friday.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience


  • Qualified Nurse (Degree/Diploma)
  • Registered nurse on appropriate part of the register
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute Health Service
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Knowledge of own role within the team
  • Provide evidence of teaching and supporting learners in practice in the role of practice supervisor
  • Awareness of evidence-based practice
  • Awareness of responsibilities for management of infection control
  • Evidence of on-going personal development
  • Able to use initiative


  • Evidence of recent study
  • Previous experience/qualification in relevant specialty
  • Teaching experience

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


W& N Maternity Public Health and Education


SO16 5YA

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