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Tongue-tie Practitioner (Registered Midwife)

Barts Health NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 7
Full Time
Our group of hospitals provide a huge range of clinical services to people in east London and beyond.

We operate from four major hospital sites (The Royal London, St Bartholomew's, Whipps Cross and Newham) and a number of community locations, including Mile End hospital. Around 2.5 million people living in east London look to our services to provide them with the healthcare they need.

The Royal London in Whitechapel is a major teaching hospital providing local and specialist services in state-of-the-art facilities. Whipps Cross in Leytonstone is a large general hospital with a range of local services. Newham in Plaistow is a busy district hospital with innovative facilities such as its orthopaedic centre. Mile End hospital is a shared facility in Mile End for a range of inpatient, rehabilitation, mental health and community services. And St Bartholomew's in the City, London's oldest hospital, is a regional and national centre of excellence for cardiac and cancer care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work alongside the Tongue-tie Baby Feeding Specialist and will be responsible for providing an efficient tongue-tie assessment and frenulotomy service.

Working within their remit as a tongue-tie practitioner whilst maintaining effective working relationships with the cross-site Infant Feeding Leads.

To work according to the NMC Code of Conduct and other professional guidelines.

The candidate will possess a background registration supported by the Department of Health with the procedure falling within their scope of practice and possess advanced baby feeding skills.

They will need to have skills and experience in tongue-tie assessment using evidence-based tools.

Training and experience in Infection control, aseptic technique, managing bleeding and other complications.

The ideal candidate will be able to risk assess and decide whether proceeding with the procedure will be safe or not.

To practice in an environment where safety for mother, baby and family are paramount.

To ensure that all women receive optimum support and advice to ensure that they are able to feed their baby in their chosen method.

Where the lingual frenulum is asymptomatic and frenulotomy is not required the practitioner will ensure that the woman receives support to improve positioning and attachment. Where a baby is bottle feeding that the mother receives support and advice to do so safely and effectively.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification



  • oRegistered Midwife
  • oBSc or working towards
  • oHas completed a recognised frenulotomy theory course
  • oEvidence of clinical skills and competencies.


  • oInfant Feeding related qualification/course
  • oUNICEF Baby Friendly Training
  • oTrain the trainer course
  • oNLS course or equivalent



  • oSubstantial time working within NHS or similar environment as a Tongue-tie Practitioner/Baby Feeding Specialist or equivalent
  • oExpertise/knowledge in breastfeeding and best practice standards (UNICEF baby friendly initiative) for breastfeeding
  • oExperience of acting as a mentor to both qualified midwives and students encouraging evidence based practice



  • oKnowledge of Baby Friendly initiative standards
  • oKnowledge of counselling skills
  • oKnowledge of teaching and learning

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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