KATHERINE FISHER, B.Sc, M.Sc, IBCLC.
1995-Present date; International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
The registration requirements for this membership include that members re-register by examination or CERPS (continuing education points every 5 years). I have successfully reregistered and maintained my registration for the past 23 years and am currently registered to practise until 2020.
I am fully insured, for both Lactation Consultancy and Frenulotomy and hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
I have worked as a volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor for the NCT, have operated a Baby Café and worked for 3 years as an Infant Feeding Specialist for Sure Start.
2007; Attained certificate of competency to undertake frenulotomy at St Mary’s Hospital Southampton under the supervision Of Mervyn Griffiths Consultant Paediatric Surgeon.
2008-2016 Lactation Consultant and Team Leader of the paediatric tongue tie service at Kings College Hospital, London.
I am working as a Lactation Consultant and Frenulotomy practitioner at Kings College Hospital London since 2008 to the present time working under the supervision of Shailesh Patel Consultant Paediatric Surgeon. I have continued to work with Mr Patel and we have developed the Tongue Tie Service to its present status- 3 clinics a week one Consultant Surgeon led, the other Lactation Consultant led
Until August 2017 I was the Band 7 Team Leader for this service and was responsible for the smooth running of the clinics including the following tasks; supervision and training of junior staff, formulation of written clinical policies relating to the treatment and post procedure aftercare following frenulotomy , service development, initiating and participating in research, reviewing referrals to the clinic, assessing and treating Ankyloglossia in infants up to the age of 6 months.
I retired from the Team Leader role in July 2016 and returned to work the following month as a Band 6 Lactation Consultant and Frenulotomy Practitioner.
In addition I have a Private Lactation Consultancy Practise, offering Frenulotomy. I am competent in being able to assess and treat all types of tongue tie i.e. anterior and posterior, by direct surgical division, using a technique that safely attains an adequate the sub-lingual rhomboid.
I am fully competent in reviewing post frenulotomy patients and the use of salvage wound adhesion techniques by blunt digital dissection to assist in the prevention of reoccurrence.
I also work in Private Practice at The London Tongue tie Clinic with Shailesh Patel Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, one of the specialisations in this clinic is treatment of recurrent Tongue tie.
International collaborator The Norwegian Tongue tie Project; Trained Doctors in Norway to treat Ankyloglossia and enabled formation of services in Norway.
Ongoing prevalence studies and formation of national guidance for the assessment and treatment of Tongue tie and aftercare/support.
- Published writer and speaker on Lactation, Breastfeeding and Tongue- tie issues.
- Co-author of poster presentations on Posterior Tongue Tie, AWM active wound management following Frenulotomy, and Ankyloglossia and GER/GORD.
- Present studies include examining the incidence of Ankyloglossia and Folic acid prophylaxis and another on AWM and oral aversion
- Member of IATP (International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Practioners)
Katherine Fisher May 2018