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Infant Feeding Lead

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a. inclusive of HCA
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
The role of the Infant Feeding Team is to promote close and loving relationships between parents and their babies which includes building a positive breastfeeding culture within the community. The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative provides the standards to which the Health Visiting teams work, with Southwark working towards full accreditation and Lambeth working towards reaccreditation and Gold Award.

To further develop the process of UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation, building on the stage 2 standards already

achieved and embed Baby Friendly care in a community setting that leads to achieving Sustainability and the Gold Award. Supporting health visiting teams with training, staff and mothers' audits and universal support.

Provide specialist support to women with additional breast feeding needs. Lead on coordinating services to provide a standard of care that actively promotes breast feeding and enables continuation of breast feeding in line with the current Baby Friendly Initiative standards alongside current infant feeding leads.

Main duties of the job

Work in partnership with all other GSTT and Kings College Hospital breast feeding leads to ensure a coordinated approach to breastfeeding support in the community.

To participate and contribute towards the South East London Infant Feeding strategy.

The post holder will be required to work primarily in Southwark but may need to work across borough boundaries, accessing and recording information using mobile devices, and coming into offices for meetings or specific events.

Provide training to health visiting teams in line with UNICEF UK BFI training curriculum Standards.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

When you join us, you become a valued member of the Evelina London community and can access the wider Evelina and Nightingale education academies. Choosing us as your employer affords you opportunities to be part of a Trust which recognises the value of sharing expertise, research and education between community and acute services.

Working with us you will have access to numerous benefits:
  • A mobile device, android phone and personal protection device whilst in practice allowing the service to work more flexibly and staff to achieve a better work/life balance
  • Access to the Evelina Eranda Rothschild Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship programme provides education, training and mentorship to nurses and midwives who have an idea for a project which will improve patient experience. Open to all grades of nursing staff.
  • A year long preceptorship programme
  • A robust safeguarding supervision and managerial supervision framework.
  • Access to our HEI partners e.g. Kings College London for Masters level education opportunities and more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Establishing and sharing a clear vision of how to achieve Sustainability and have a robust understanding of the challenges and that it is a collective responsibility

Work in accordance with the NSF for Maternity Services, NICE Guidelines and the Healthy Child Programme in developing services and standards of practice.

Promote the public health benefits of breast feeding and lead to improve the continuation of breast feeding in line with Baby Friendly Initiative standards.

Take a lead role in the implementation and review of policies and protocols relating to infant feeding used by health visiting teams, primary care and childrens centre teams.

Work with community and Childrens Centre midwives, health visitors and peer supporters to expand and develop the network of breastfeeding support groups which provide professional and peer support to breastfeeding mothers.

Be recognised as a specialist professional with an increased knowledge in breast feeding and act as a resource for information and support.

*Please see Job description for more details*

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of recent professional update


  • Registered Nurse or Midwife
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (HV)
  • Higher peer support qualification (BFN, ABM, NCT, LLL)
  • Current NMC Registration

Knowledge & Experience


  • Knowledge of UNICEF BFI Accreditation process
  • Knowledge of current research related to breastfeeding
  • Significant post registration experience of supporting breastfeeding
  • Managing change with staff groups
  • Multidisciplinary and multi agency working
  • Working in a multicultural environment
  • Delivering training programmes
  • Data collection and monitoring performance
  • Experience of supporting breastfeeding women.
  • Experience of supporting women from other cultural background to breast feed


  • Knowledge of the Family Hubs model



  • Able to act as a specialist advisor on matters relating to breastfeeding
  • Organisational skills
  • Able to apply research to practice in developing breastfeeding services.
  • Able to manage conflict and ambiguity
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Decision and problem solving skills
  • Ability to deliver breastfeeding training to a group
  • IT skills to deliver presentations and reports
  • Ability to motivate the workforce
  • Provide advice and guidance with tact and sensitivity
  • A non-judgmental attitude
  • Flexible approach to travelling across the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth

Physical and Other requirements


  • Able to use mobile electronic devices to the standard required
  • Able to travel across a range of community settings with equipment and mobile devices
  • Ability to walk variable distances when unable to park near to a destination.


  • Possession of a valid UK Drivers Licence.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust





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