Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a voluntary home visiting programme for first-time young mums under the age of 20 and designed to help parents have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development, plan their own futures and achieve their aspirations.
The team in Warrington has been recruiting clients to the programme since March 2015. It offers intensive and structured home visiting, delivered by specially trained nurses (Family Nurses), from early pregnancy until the child is two.
Family Nurses come from a variety of backgrounds including health visiting, midwifery, school nursing and mental health with an additional BSc (degree) qualification or appropriate relevant experience.
Who can access the service in Warrington?
- Live in Warrington
- Ideally below 16 weeks gestation but maximum 28 weeks
- Aged 19 years or less at last menstrual period
- First pregnancy (eligible if previous pregnancy ended in miscarriage, termination or stillbirth)
- No planned adoption
How does it work?
When you first meet with a midwife as part of your pregnancy, if they think you might find FNP helpful, they’ll let your local FNP team know.
A specially trained Family Nurse will then get in touch with you to say hello and arrange an initial visit with you at home.
During this visit, she/he will explain what the programme is and how it all works. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and decide if FNP is for you.
If you decide you would like to join the programme, you and your Family Nurse will meet regularly, at times that suit you. Visits can be arranged at a venue to suit you for example, at home, a Children’s Centre or a café.
Your visits will start during pregnancy right through until your child turns two at which point you will graduate from the programme and the Healthy Child Programme will be delivered by your local Health Visiting team.
Throughout your journey, you and your Family Nurse will work on lots of different aspects of your pregnancy together, including: parent-child attachment, breastfeeding, immunising your baby, child development and school readiness.
Your Family Nurse will fit the programme around you and your specific needs, helping to improve your self-confidence as well as supporting you on other issues such as mental health, anxiety, housing and stopping smoking.
How can people access the service?
Referrals come mainly through Midwifery booking clinics, although referrals are accepted from any source and
Self-referral is welcomed. If you would like to self-refer please contact the Family Nurse Partnership Team on 01925 946364.
Warrington Family Nurse Partnership Team
Bridgewater Community Health Care NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01925 946364