More than 1 in 10 new mums in the UK will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or the first year of their child’s life. Whilst postnatal depression is perhaps the best known, there are a range of perinatal mental health problems, which can occur in pregnancy as well as postnatally, and which also include anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and...

Nicki Jeffries, FNP Supervisor from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, writes about how the Family Nurse Partnership helps to support young parents' sexual health and healthy relationships.

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Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), like any commissioned service, is a valuable and finite resource within a local context. It’s absolutely vital that it can be used to maximum effect for improving outcomes for children and families. And this often requires flexibility, particularly in response to clients’ needs.

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A famous Sidney Harris cartoon depicts two men contemplating a mathematical equation scrawled on a board. In the middle is written in capital letters ‘THEN A MIRACLE OCCURS’, prompting one man to say to the other, “I think you should be more specific here in Step 2”.

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In July, we welcomed 47 new recruits to the 10th wave of FNP Foundations training – marking nearly a decade of FNP learning since the programme was introduced in England in 2007.

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In July, we welcomed 47 new recruits to the 10th wave of FNP Foundations training – marking nearly a decade of FNP learning since the programme was introduced in England in 2007.

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In July, we welcomed 47 new recruits to the 10th wave of FNP Foundations training – marking nearly a decade of FNP learning since the programme was introduced in England in 2007.

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In July, we welcomed 47 new recruits to the 10th wave of FNP Foundations training – marking nearly a decade of FNP learning since the programme was introduced in England in 2007. 

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Supporting young mums to breastfeed is one of the key outcomes for Family Nurse Partnership.  The recent Building Blocks RCT trial showed that there was no difference against the control group in breastfeeding rates, despite positive indications about intention to breastfeed among FNP young mums.  That's why improving breastfeeding...

The Early Intervention Foundation presented its latest report, on parental relationships, at its annual conference last month.  It focusses on what works to enhance these relationships and why that’s so...

One of the very successful features of the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme is the excellent track record family nurses have of engaging with young mothers and fathers who are often thought of as “hard to reach”. For example, over 75% of women offered FNP enrol on the programme, 70% stay on FNP to their child’s second...

"Internationally, FNP is known to be a programme that prevents child maltreatment; and in this country we hear from local areas that support for safeguarding is one of the reasons FNP is most valued. Here, the FNP National Unit Head of Clinical Implementation and Learning, Ruth Rothman, offers an insight into some key elements of FNP’s...