Provision of Breastfeeding Peer Mentor Service
- Halton Borough Council.
- Provision of Breastfeeding Peer Mentor Service
- Halton Borough Council is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for appropriately qualified providers to deliver a service that will support the achievement of Halton Children’s Trust’s commissioning priority to improve breastfeeding rates at 6-8 weeks after birth.
Halton Children’s Trust is committed to the development of a breastfeeding culture in the local community, to be achieved through discussing the health benefits now known to exist for both mother and child, providing support and creating an environment where women choose to breastfeed for six months and beyond. A vital factor is to create an environment where women who choose to breastfeed their babies, are confident in the knowledge that they will be given consistent support and information by appropriately trained staff. As an essential part of the drive to achieve this, the service will deliver peer support to women in Halton who are breastfeeding their child/ren and who wish to access this support.
The service will recruit, train, support and line manage local community volunteers (Volunteer Peer Supporters) who have themselves breastfed and who are keen to offer breastfeeding peer support to other women. The priority for the service will be to co-ordinate the peer supporters so that specific elements of the NHS Postnatal Breastfeeding Care Pathway in the Community are achieved. These elements will include contacting women to offer peer support within 48 hours of transfer home from hospital or home birth, and the delivery of breastfeeding support groups and drop-ins at Children’s Centres. The service will be part of a wider dedicated team which includes colleagues from Midwifery, Children’s Centres, Health Promotion and Health Visiting.
Delivery of the Service will be aligned to the Breastfeeding Guidelines issued by the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Halton & St Helens Division), which are based upon the UNICEF Community Best Practice Standards (2008), NICE Guidance (2006) Routine postnatal care of women and their babies, and NICE guidance (2008) Improving the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding women and children in low income households. The Breastfeeding Guidelines comply with the Equality Act 2010. Delivery of the Service will also align with the UNICEF NHS Postnatal Breastfeeding Care Pathway in the Community.
Halton Children’s Trust has embraced the delivery of Early Help and Support, as recommended in the Allen Report (January and July 2011) and the Munro Review (May 2011), and has embedded this within its Team around the Family developments. The Team around the Family model encompasses the full range of services and support provided within Halton Children’s Centres, including commissioned services delivering breastfeeding peer support, with a strong focus upon the integration of service delivery, processes and performance management. This is reflected in Team around the Family’s holistic Think Family approach to working with families. The Breastfeeding Support Peer Mentor Service will be required to function as an integral element of the broader Team around the Family provision to the local community.
Halton Borough Council is committed to providing high quality provision for our diverse community and we invite Voluntary, Private and Community Groups to help us achieve our Halton Children’s Trust priorities.
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The indicative budget for this is £26,000
It is proposed the contract will start on 1st April 2012.
Please note that we are proposing to hold an interview on Wednesday 21st March* and would ask that the Service Manager or Co-ordinator of the service and a practitioner who would be involved in delivering the service attends.
The procurement exercise will be conducted through ‘the Chest’ on Due North. If you are interested please register on ‘The Chest’ the North West’s Local Authority Procurement Portal at www.thechest.nwce.gov.uk. If you need any further help or information please contact:
- Ms Barbara Butterworth
- Email Address:
- 0151 906 4813
- Kingsway House
- 05/03/2012 16:00
- 12/03/2012 15:00
- 12 (months)
- 12 (months)