Nurse Specialist - Tongue Tie Practitioner - Band 6
Ashford & St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Maternity are seeking a proactive and highly motivated tongue tie practitioner to join the Infant Feeding Team. The successful candidate will need to be registered with the Association of Tongue Tie Practitioners, skilled in supporting infant feeding (IBCLC preferable) and competent in IT skills.
This exciting new post will involve managing clinic lists from referral to follow up; supporting parents to confidently achieve their feeding goals alongside the midwifery and infant feeding team. The role will involve clinical assessment and division of tongue ties, clear documentation and service audits for improvement.
Applications are welcome from any qualified Tongue Tie Practitioners and we would welcome you for an informal visit.
A kind and friendly team with flexible working opportunities awaits the right candidate. Staff wellbeing is a priority for us, and access to wellbeing support and activities form part of the package at Ashford & St Peters NHS Foundation Trust.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be responsible for the care of babies referred for suspected tongue tie, providing a high standard of care to neonates and their families. You will provide a comprehensive and cohesive service from liaising with parents, arranging clinic lists, assessing tongue function as part of a comprehensive feeding assessment through to assisting parents with ongoing feeding advice, support and follow up.
Ashford and St. Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of more than 410,000 people living in the boroughs of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking and parts of Elmbridge, Hounslow, Surrey Heath and beyond. The Trust employs around 4,400 individual members of staff. Our turnover was £387.3 million in 2020/21.The Trust provides a whole range of services across its hospital sites. The majority of planned care, like day case and orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation services, is provided at Ashford Hospital, with more complex medical and surgical care and emergency services at St. Peters Hospital. Our vision at Ashford & St Peters is to provide an outstanding experience and outcomes for patients and staff. There has never been a better time to join us in the NHS at Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with our strong commitment to staff health and wellbeing. We are committed to providing continuous professional development, staff benefits and flexibility to shape our workforce around our patient care.
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Download referrals and liaise with families to arrange clinic lists and meet service need.
Assess feeding, tongue function and perform frenulotomies when required, ensuring parent education and informed consent.
Document clinical assessment, treatment and follow up on electronic patient notes.
Adjust feeding plans and arrange follow up as necessary.
Monthly data collection and auditing to monitor and improve practices.
Teach and assess parent education and parenting skills including teaching parents and junior staff.
Support the Baby Friendly Initiative and infant feeding support and advice.
Support the maternity, neonatal and paediatric medical staff in communicating and facilitating lactation for parents.
Liaise with the maternity and infant feeding team to ensure service continuity and consistency.
Attend maternity unit meetings and participate in appropriate in-service training sessions as well as maintain mandatory training compliance.
For further information about this post, please contact: Infant Feeding Lead, Liz Jennis 07919441234
Attitude, Behaviour and Values
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).