Infant Feeding Support Worker

NHS AfC: Band 2

Main area
Infant Feeding
NHS AfC: Band 2
22.5 to 37.5 hours per week - Part Time or Job Share
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Plant Hill Clinic - Children's Community Services
£15,404 - £18,157 per annum (pro rata)
27/02/2018 23:59

From 1st October 2017, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) has joined together to create a new Foundation Trust which has been named Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our new organisation will provide a single hospital service across the city of Manchester and in 12- 18 months will also include the services currently provided by North Manchester General Hospital.  These changes will make a real difference to the health outcomes and quality of life for the people of Manchester.  That’s why this really is an extremely exciting and challenging period in the delivery of health and social care in Greater Manchester and one that provides a wealth career opportunities for great people right across our Group. 

Manchester Foundation Trust Health Visiting Service is seeking a team of enthusiastic and motivated individuals with a special interest in infant feeding and community development work to join our expanding Infant Feeding Team. 

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is the leading Trust for teaching, research and specialist services in the North West of England.

Manchester Infant Feeding Team are receiving significant financial investment and will be under considerable scrutiny to deliver clear evidence based programmes of care and improved outcomes for our clients. This will include conducting evaluations and being involved in research throughout.  Increasing Manchester’s breastfeeding rates beyond 6-8 weeks post-delivery will be one of the main performance indicators for the service.

Working with a Health Visiting Team in North Manchester, the role of the IFSW is to ensure timely contact with clients and the offer of support in the home environment to establish breastfeeding. The IFSW will offer information and support for clients who have chosen not to breastfeed, with a clear conversation of how to feed responsively and as safely as possible. The IFSW may well be the first practitioner to identify feeding issues that require specialist support, such as cows milk protein allergy, infant reflux or ankoglossia (tongue-tie). You will be responsible for identification of difficulties and onward referral to the appropriate practitioner.

Community group work will include delivery of starting solid food sessions, along with a member of the Health Visiting team. Planning and promoting such sessions requires an ability to plan own workload and work to timescales.  Recording data onto an electronic record, ensuring accurate collection of performance measures is an essential part of the role. Training will be given, but a basic understanding of IT is essential.

Working with the Health Visiting teams to ensure smooth delivery of care and joined up working is an essential part of the role. You will be expected to manage your own electronic diary, work unsupervised in clients homes by providing the highest standards of care as expected by Manchester Foundation Trust. 

With an expectation to deliver UNICEF Baby Friendly best practice standards and maintain full accreditation for the service, the role requires ongoing training and audit to ensure all staff are working to our expected high standards.

You will be required to work flexibly and offer cover for colleagues in a variety of settings as service needs dictate.  This post is 22.5 to 37.5 hours per week the department will consider part time or job share.

Caseloads will mainly fall in North Manchester, but the role is city wide and there may be a requirement to travel across the city as service needs dictate, as well as travelling to our associated hospital sites. Some activities may be delivered from any one of our associated hospitals.  Access to a car for work purposes is essential for this role.

You must be able to demonstrate:-

  • An ability to communicate with and relate to children and young people with a range of disabilities
  • An ability to work using your own initiative
  • An ability to manage your own workload under the direction and supervision of the Infant Feeding Lead.
  • Previous experience of working with children.

In return we will provide a comprehensive induction programme and you will be appraised on a yearly basis with a view to developing knowledge and skills where appropriate.



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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Justine Baines – Infant Feeding Lead on 0161 720 5982

If you have problems applying, contact

Human Resources Recruitment Department
Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters
Cobbett House
M13 9WL
0161 276 4744