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Senior Specialist Baby Feeding Supporter (Family Hub)

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 3493
  • Published: Thu 22/02/2024, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 11/03/2024, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £35,000 - £44,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

Senior Specialist Baby Feeding Supporter
£39,951 - £42,840 (Full time and part time positions are available)
12 months fixed term 

About the Job

 The post holder will be required to;

  • Support parents with baby feeding questions and concerns in person at Baby Feeding Cafes and virtually via Newham Baby Feeding Helpline. 
  • Maintain excellent listening and communication skills using a strengths based approach, supporting parent’s own learning and self-efficacy: providing support and evidence based information to enable informed decision making.
  • Manage the practical day to day smooth running of the Baby Feeding Team roster and organise the messaging service for the Helpline.
  • Be responsible for the implementation, management and review of the Breastfeeding equipment loan scheme funded through the Family Hubs programme.
  • Liaise with the other members of the Baby Feeding Team, Infant Feeding Coordinator and Health Visitors where there are concerns outside of remit of role.
  • Communicating effectively and professionally with all members of the multidisciplinary team and with outside agencies involved in provision or planning of care.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the needs of clients/families from diverse ethnic/family groups.
  • Record activity and data at end of each shift to support information sharing with health visiting, Public Health and Family Hubs colleagues.
  • Contribute to fulfilling the minimum requirements of the Family Hubs Programme. At its core, this includes providing support and guidance to parents in Newham to help improve breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, duration and support families with their wider infant feeding goals.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of service guidelines and policies appropriate to the role and demonstrate evidence-based practiced based on these and UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative standards.

About Us

Newham is an incredibly diverse borough with a very young population and is experiencing considerable regeneration as part of the Olympic legacy. There are over 86,000 children and young people in Newham and we want each of them to have the same life chances as young people in other parts of London.

This post is employed by the London Borough of Newham, who was the first London borough to offer a fully integrated 0-19 health and social care service as we have assumed direct responsibility for providing School Nursing services, Health Visiting and Family Nurse Partnership in 2017. Therefore, our CYPS directorate will be delivering the 0-19 Healthy Child programme through the Children’s Health Service. 

The Children's Health 0-19 Service had their recent CQC inspection in 2021 and rated Good in all areas.

Newham is one of the 75 local authorities chosen to trial a new-style family support centre – known as a “Family Hub”, an approach that ensures services and professionals work better together to provide families easier access to services in their local community. It will include, for example, health services (antenatal, maternity, health visitor, school nurses), early years and childcare, education, parenting support, safety and relationship support.

About You

The candidate will/must have:

  • Breastfeeding Counsellor or IBCLC with minimum 1 years’ experience 
  • In depth knowledge of infant feeding including lactation, the value of breastfeeding, and common issues including awareness of how to support mothers to establish and maintain breastfeeding.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal; team oriented, able to work as part of a team, and independently. 
  • Ability to use IT and common software packages e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to be professional, emotionally intelligent and able to communicate effectively in diverse situations.
  • Be able to travel to workshops, Baby Feeding Cafes and other events in Newham as required. 
  • Experience managing operational duties in a Baby Feeding Service or similar, enabling beneficial team relationships. 

For further information please contact hazel.jones@newham.gov.uk

Please note we envisage shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email within two - four weeks of the advert closing date, so please ensure you check your inbox and junk folders. 


Closing date: 10/03/2024 11:59

Additional Information

We are committed to creating an inclusive, anti-racist environment for all. When you apply for a job at Newham, your application is considered on its merits regardless of your age, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation. If you share our vision and values, and you bring the experience and skills we need, that’s all that matters to us.

The London Borough of Newham has important responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you are appointed to a job that involves working with these groups, you may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.

We practice anonymised recruitment. Please ensure that you remove all personal information from any documents that you upload.

The personal information we have collected from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found by https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn.

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 3493
  • Published: Thu 22/02/2024, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 11/03/2024, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £35,000 - £44,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

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