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Infant Feeding Midwife

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum (PA) Pro Rata.
Closing date
1 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Please see below for detailed job description of the role.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate, motivated band 6 Midwife who has sound infant feeding knowledge to work within our infant feeding team based at the Princess Anne Hospital for one day a week. You will be providing specialist infant feeding care, whilst supporting with the day-to-day running of the Infant Feeding Team and twice weekly tongue-tie clinic for our Maternity Service. You should have the ability to perform Frenulotomies or the enthusiasm to undertake training.

You will be providing specialist infant feeding care to new parents with complex feeding challenges, alongside overseeing and supporting other members of the Infant Feeding Team. This will include the allocation of referrals received and ensuring they are managed appropriately. You will be providing clinical leadership, overseeing the running of feeding support clinics, liaising with other lead professionals, and being involved in staff education. You will be pivotal in supporting the implementation of UNICEF Baby Friendly Standards which will include demonstrating best practice and explore practice where this is not being upheld. This will involve liaising with the multi-disciplinary team, including the postnatal ward and transitional care unit, to ensure family centred care and support.

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

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 booked appointments, in person, via videocall and by telephone. Our Maternity Unit is a fast-paced service with five thousand births per year and a breastfeeding initiation rate of 81%. We are currently working towards achieving the Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation.

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.


In this role you will work in the Infant Feeding team alongside our Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife to help support with the day-to-day running of the infant feeding service. You will provide direct feeding support on the ward areas for families and staff, including supporting other colleagues in the Infant Feeding Team. You will be involved in the referrals made for complex support and suspected tongue tie, responding to these appropriately. 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 have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the senior leadership team to assist in the development of guidelines related to infant feeding. 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.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:The candidate will be expected to demonstrate: Competency and skills acquisition within the band 6 midwife role. Passionate about infant feeding with sound infant feeding knowledge and experience. Ability to communicate effectively and compassionately. Ability to work under own initiative and prioritise workload. Good interpersonal skills. Ability to make decisions. Ability to work effectively in a team.

The role is for 7.5 hours per week, in one shift, working flexibly to cover service needs between Monday-Friday.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications / training required


  • Registered midwife on relevant part of the NMC Register
  • Diploma or degree in midwifery
  • Clinical experience
  • Mentoring qualification or equivalent experience
  • Commitment to professional development


  • Tongue tie practitioner
  • Examination of the new born course
  • Courses in infant feeding

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Competent clinical skills and knowledge across all areas of midwifery practice
  • Understanding of clinical priorities
  • Suturing competency
  • Cannulation competency
  • Competent Infant feeding experience


  • Experience in working in co-production with Maternity Voices Partnership/service users
  • Engaging with partnership organisations and voluntary sector outside maternity

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Demonstrates the ability to make clinical decisions and can support junior staff in the decision process
  • Can demonstrate a forward thinking approach to midwifery care, women's choice
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Reliable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player and ability to work independently with supervision as required
  • Self-motivating and able to use own initiative
  • Good time management
  • Enthusiastic and motivated about maternity and midwifery led care
  • Passionate about infant feeding


  • Ability to audit

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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