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Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) – Oldham

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an evidence-based, voluntary and preventive home visiting programme, usually offered to first-time parents, under 20 at conception.

The programme is based around Attachment theory, Self-Efficacy theory and Human Ecology theory.

The same family nurse works with the family to build a therapeutic relationship from early in pregnancy until the child reaches one, with the possibility of continuing until two.

The main focus of FNP is improving health and pregnancy outcomes, promoting the relationship between the parents and their child, the development of the child and parent’s economic self-sufficiency.

The implementation of Personalisation and the New Mum Star Assessment in 2020 help collaborative assessments and planning between the family and the family nurse, this allows parents to plan and achieve their goals.

FNP programme content can be flexed and dialled up/down accordingly to agenda match to the parents need. Visits usually take place weekly or fortnightly and last around 60-90 minutes.

Family nurses come from a variety of backgrounds including midwifery, health visiting, school nursing and mental health. They complete an intense residential training programme before starting the role.

Parents who have a family nurse do not have a health visitor.

Who can access the service?

First time young mums, under the age of 20 years.

How can people access the service?

Women under the age of 20 and expecting their first baby are invited to join the programme if they are less than 28 weeks pregnant. Referrals come mainly through Midwifery booking clinics, although referrals are accepted from any source and self referral is welcomed.

Where is the service offered?

Visits are mainly conducted in the expectant mums home and will take place weekly to fortnightly.

Visits will continue up until the child’s first birthday, with the possibility of visit’s continuing until the child reaches two years.

Contact details

Oldham Family Nurse Partnership Team
Spring Meadows Children’s Centre
Leamington Street

Telephone 0161 470 4260
Email: alwch.fnpoldham@nhs.net

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