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Neonatal Lactation Consultant

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be part of the Family Integrated Care (FIC) Team and will be specifically responsible for providing support and clinical expertise within the Neonatal Unit in all aspects of infant feeding.

The post holder will promote the uptake and duration of breastfeeding and be responsible for the training and education of all health professionals, providing specialist advice and support to women with feeding issues and share specialist knowledge with other groups and agencies. Together with the AHP Lead, you will lead, implement and evaluate UNICEF programs and initiatives that ensure best practice standards and ensure maintenance and sustainability of our UNICEF BABY FRIENDLY accreditation.

Main duties of the job

1. Provide specialist expertise and advice in the clinical areas with regards to infant feeding alongside practical help where necessary.

2. Monitor and maintain standards of care in accordance with the Trust policies, Guidelines, Protocols and Professional Regulations. Contribute to the development of clinical governance systems and structures, ensuring clinical area representation as appropriate

3. Contribute to and support clinical effectiveness and innovative practice within the provision of care

4. Develop and undertake clinical audit. Evaluate local services against national standards/recommendations to ensure we deliver evidenced based care and best practice including establishing and implementing protocols and guidelines for the trust. Take the lead in ongoing BFI audit as per guideline.

5. Co-ordinate and support the development of services that promote and increase breastfeeding rates and support mothers to continue to breast feed.

6. Respond to relevant Clinical Incident Reports and develop strategies to address deficits in practice

7. Adopt a multi professional approach to care with mothers, families, health care professionals and other agencies and organisations eg UNICEF, Bliss

About us

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with fivehospitals and community clinics serving a local population of around 800,000 people. Our vision is 'great healthcare from great people'. Everything we do is guided by our values: 'People feel cared for, safe, respected and confident that we are making a difference'. We have a new way of working at East Kent Hospitals, called 'We care'. It's about empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. We're looking for compassionate people to be part of our improvement journey for the patients, families and carers we care for every day.

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Please note that if you require a Certificate of Sponsorship to work in the UK you must declare this on your application form, even if you currently have a certificate of sponsorship or a work permit for another role and are already working in the country. Please note we are only able to sponsor candidates on a Skilled Worker Visa applying for roles Band 5 and above.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in Documents to download.

If you have further queries please dont hesitate to contact the line manager using the contact details below.

Person Specification



  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant [IBCLC]
  • UNICEF BFI courses


  • Frenulotomy



  • Knowledge and understanding of Unicef Breast Feeding Initiative and accreditation process.
  • Specialist knowledge of all aspects of infant feeding and experience in providing expert feeding support to mother's and families.
  • Experience in developing and implementing new initiatives or projects.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.


  • Previous experience of guidelines/polices
  • Counselling/bereavement support experience



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Record keeping and report writing skills.
  • Competent IT skills using Microsoft word, PowerPoint, Excel and other software packages appropriate to the post
  • Ability to negotiate and influence where appropriate.
  • Ability to challenge and improve staff clinical practice. Interpersonal and facilitation skills.


  • Participation or leading on audits

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


William Harvey Hospital

Kennington Road


TN24 0LZ

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