Having performed the frenulotomy procedure in my private practice since 2007, under the guidance of the Southampton Tongue-tie Service, I have completed the Train-The-Trainer course for teaching other Health Professionals to perform frenulotomy in infants.

This training will be available to regulated health professionals who have undergone a theoretical tongue-tie course and have an interest and in-depth knowledge of infant feeding.

An NHS contract will need to be arranged for me so the practical training can be provided for you over a number of weeks within your NHS setting until you are competent to practice on your own. The training will include:-

  • Discussions about the role
  • Observing me conducting clinical and feeding assessments, frenulotomy, associated conversations with parents and record keeping
  • You conducting all the above under my supervision with ongoing discussions and learning opportunities

At the end of your training you will:-

  • Demonstrate knowledge of local and national policies and guidance to support your practice.
  • Show an understanding of local arrangements for referral into your service, preparation of your clinical room and equipment.
  • Have demonstrated a number of skills and attained a level of knowledge related to infant feeding assessments, tongue-tie and functional assessment and release.
  • Be confident in your communications with parents about your history taking, assessment, discussing your findings and consent.
  • Understand the risks and benefit of the procedure, discuss with parents and take action as needed.
  • Be aware of your scope of practice, be able to recognise your limitations and when to refer.
  • Demonstrate competence in using aseptic non-touch (ANTT) technique in conducting the frenulotomy procedure.
  • Understand the role of others helping you during the consultation and procedure
  • Identify the immediate necessary action on a post procedural bleed.
  • Be able to demonstrate feeding support after the procedure and provide anticipatory aftercare to support improved tongue function and infant feeding.
  • Be competent and confident in your skills as a tongue-tie practitioner having been 'signed-off' all relevant competencies and completed a Trainee's Log for each frenulotomy performed.
  • Have an understanding on the importance of maintaining skills, personal accountability, competency and record keeping.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of local evaluation and audit processes and own role within to monitor effectiveness of the service.

Be provided with:-

  • Your certificate.
  • Your signed competences.
  • Mechanisms and further information to support your ongoing practice.

From £500 per day excluding travel and overnight accommodation.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please do contact me for a further and personalised conversation about costs, contracts and availability.

Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance is provided by Hiscox Insurance Company Ltd.

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