This is a highly specialised course that will enable you to demonstrate to employers and potential employers your knowledge and skills relevant to working in lactation, breastfeeding support and frenulotomy services. It will provide the theoretical and evidence based theory which underpins contemporary practice and helps you to develop advanced techniques in tongue-tie management. The practice competencies are based on an agreed framework for practice which identifies a high standard and quality of care in this area.
It is suitable for professionals from a variety of settings including midwifery, health visiting and advanced neonatal nursing practice.
Frequently asked questions
What experience is required for me to gain a place on this course?
Applicants must have significant experience in, and knowledge of lactation support, and infant feeding - having the IBCLC qualification is ideal, but not essential. Applicants must also be experienced and competent in supporting families with feeding. Having competency in the Newborn Intensive Physical Examination (NIPE) is also very helpful but not essential. You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or General Medical Council and have a minimum of three years clinical experience. The course is aimed at National Health Service (NHS) professionals, who are already working in an established NHS frenulotomy service or willing/able to set one up in the future.
Please ensure your application indicates all of your relevant experience.
How long is the course?
The course takes approximately 12 months to complete on a part time basis. It begins with a mandatory study day held at our Walsall Campus followed by accessing at least 4 frenulotomy clinics.
What do I have to do to achieve the full accreditation?
To gain full accreditation you will need to complete:
- Attend the mandatory study day,
- Undertake a clinical placement in order to achieve the clinical competence in frenulotomy,
- Submit a 1500 word case study at level 7 (Masters level) achieving a pass grade.
Where can I do my placement?
Placements are available at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley but these are subject to availability. Your placement dates and times will be arranged with you following the study day. You are likely to need to attend a minimum of 4-6 clinics to achieve competency. You may alternatively wish to undertake a placement more locally to you. If you are able to arrange this and organise appropriate supervision we will provide all necessary practice documentation.
What clinical competencies do I have to achieve?
You will be provided with a clinical practice document and this will need to be completed by you and your supervisors. You must achieve competency in all areas and must be supervised carrying out a minimum of 20-25 frenulotomies.
How much academic work is involved?
There is one piece of academic work, which must be passed at level 7. This is submitted towards the end of the course.
Can I complete the study day only?
Yes, a reduced cost can be arranged if you would just like to attend for the study day only. A certificate of attendance will be provided, however attending the study day only will not lead to competency in this area.
Do I need to register with the CQC?
If you are planning to set up a private practice then you must register with the Care Quality Commission which will incur a cost.
2020/2021 start date: 12 March 2021
Course subject to a minimum number of confirmed students.
Delivery dates, times and rooms subject to confirmation.