Family Nurse Partnership: 0-5 year olds
Aims and objectives of service
The primary aim of the service is to improve the health and wellbeing of children born to young, vulnerable first time mothers.
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is part of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) and aims to protect and support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable infants and their families.
FNP is a home-based visiting programme but Family Nurses also offer parents a choice of location where this is most appropriate, which can include GP surgeries, children’s centres, schools, health centres and cafes.
New clients are referred to the programme by midwifery at book-in (approximately 12 weeks pregnancy), schools, the children in care team, educational welfare officers, GPs and other pathways. The service focuses on mothers under the age of 19 - with some exceptions based on vulnerability.
Once a family is involved, an FNP care plan of the future home visiting pattern is agreed with the family until their child is two years old.
FNP works across maternity services, primary care, community health services, Sure Start Children’s Centres, job centres, housing and third sector providers to deliver the programme within the context of integrated children’s services and progressive universal Healthy Child Programme.
Family nurses will work in partnership with parents using the FNP pregnancy, infancy and toddlerhood guidelines to help mothers and fathers to set goals, make behaviour changes, and explore their views and feelings. This will help them to recognise their strengths and develop effective strategies for good infant care giving, enabling them to adapt to their parenting role.
The programme is voluntary.
Women and their partners are signposted and supported to a range of further services when required which can include: Children’s Centres; domestic violence support; substance misuse support; contraception and sexual health services; social care; housing; education; welfare rights/benefits agency; health and wellbeing services including stopping smoking and breast feeding peer support.
Days/hours of operation
The services operates from Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm excluding weekends and Bank Holidays. However, wherever possible the team will fit around the needs of mothers and fathers with Family Nurses working on a flexible basis.
Referral to the service will be offered to those who meet the criteria via midwifery, children’s centres, health visitor, GP, schools etc. Usually excluded from the service are referrals received after the 28th week of pregnancy; young women who have had a previous live birth; women who plan to have their child adopted; women who plan to leave the FNP agreed visiting area during the period that they would receive the programme i.e. before their child reaches two years of age, for an extended period of time (three months or longer) or permanently. Contact the service directly on 0115 883 1281.
The service will be provided to teenage parents who meet the criteria specified and have been identified locally and registered with an NHS Nottingham City GP.