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Infant feeding lead Barnet Band 7

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7 Infant Feeding Lead Barnet

We are looking for a motivated and experienced individual who can use their leadership and communication skills to progress our work towards becoming UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative accredited and continuing quality improvement initiatives in this area.

You will be required to lead on promoting best practice, progressing and maintaining the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative standards, develop a multi-disciplinary education and training programme and provide support for women and expert advice for colleagues on complex feeding issues.

Why Choose Us?

? Be Part of a Diverse and Dynamic Community: Barnet is a bustling, richly diverse borough where you'll find endless opportunities to collaborate with a variety of partners and make a real difference.

??????? Integrated, Supportive Team: Our 0-19 Service team is friendly, supportive, and united by a common goal - to put children and their families at the heart of everything we do.

? Innovative Training and Development: We believe in continuous growth. Benefit from our robust training programs and stimulating professional development opportunities designed to expand your skillset.

? Prioritising Your Wellbeing: At Whittington Health, your wellbeing is our priority. You can access a wide range of support and resources to ensure you're always at your best.

Let's work together to create brighter futures for the children of Barnet.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

Lead on the strategic planning, implementation and maintenance of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) standards across the Borough of Barnet.

Work in partnership with key stakeholders to improve the performance indicator of numbers of women breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks, as well as increase the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months and continued breastfeeding thereafter.

Act as an expert clinical resource for both staff and parents

Manage, deliver and further develop with key partners the training framework in place.

Support the development of pathways across the traditional boundaries of acute and community services which evidence integration and partnership working.

Coordinate the reporting of breastfeeding prevalence and apply such data to inform service delivery.

Work with key partners to ensure a breastfeeding welcome environment within Barnet and Whittington Health, both for families and staff

Provide expertise and training on the introduction of solids and the development of healthy eating habits in pre-school children, with key partners.

Line manage a team of Infant Feeding support workers

About us

Our ICARE (Innovation, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence) Values not only help us shape what we do, but also how we do it and why. They are fundamental to the way we do business and care for our patients.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of the role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Health Visiting Professional Qualification or Midwifery Qualification with entry onto the 3rd part of the NMC Register
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Unicef accredited 2 day Breast Feeding and Relationship building Course


  • UNICEF baby friendly Breast Feeding management course
  • Leadership modules (L6/7)
  • UNICEF trainer of trainers course
  • UNICEF achieving sustainability course
  • IBLC or equivalent experience

Skills & Abilities


  • Willingness to lead and support management of change.
  • Excellent communication skills: IT written and oral.
  • High levels of clinical skills, with the ability to identify, respond to and evaluate health needs, including the delivery of public health programmes.
  • Evidence of application of high levels of knowledge and skills relating to emotional and physical wellbeing from the transition to parent period.
  • Evidence of application of high levels of knowledge and skills relating to infant feeding issues

Knowledge & Experience


  • Knowledge on how to apply audit and Quality Improvement methodology.
  • Knowledge and skills in managing change at an operational level.
  • Knowledge and skills of co-production.
  • Understanding of the safeguarding process and child protection procedures, clinical governance arrangements and the ability to make decisions in these areas.
  • Ability to manage other members of staff and delegate work appropriately and safely
  • Ability to set personal and team objectives and manage time, priorities and stressful situations



  • Ability to work as part of an integrated team working across organisational and professional boundaries.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Commitment to the development of excellent services, which focus on improved outcomes for children.
  • Awareness of Equal Opportunities and valuing diversity.

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Winston House

2 Dollis Park


N3 1HF

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