It has been 10 years since FNP was first introduced in England, an anniversary we’ll be marking with a series of special events and activities throughout the year.
Between now and March 2018, we’ll be celebrating with friends from right across the FNP community, thanking them for their hard work and highlighting our incredible shared achievements from the last decade.
• The 1,000,000th FNP visit will take place
• The 30,000th FNP baby will be born
• The 950th Family Nurse will be trained
• The 200th Supervisor will be trained
As well as looking back, we’ll also be thinking about the future, highlighting FNP: Next Steps, our innovation and improvement programme aimed at increasing flexibility, improving impact and cost effectiveness and sharing learning.
More information on dates, locations and timing for all planned events and activities is coming soon.
"FNP made me realise to never give up and that I am an amazing mother!"
On 30th March, FNP clients old and new, nurses, supervisors and friends of FNP met in Parliament to celebrate the achievements from the last decade and look ahead to the future.
Guests heard from a number of speakers:
Nicola Blackwood, Minister for Public Health and Innovation, congratulated us on our successes over the last 10 years, highlighting the fact that 81% of FNP babies are meeting the same developmental milestones as their peers, and how crucial it is that we continue to reach to out to the most vulnerable mums-to-be, babies and families.
Public Health England’s Chief Nurse, Professor Viv Bennett CBE, applauded the incredible skill and dedication of family nurses, commended FNP on its input in developing the understanding of the “importance of pregnancy and the early years in shaping peoples future health, wellbeing and life chances” and reinforced the need for everyone delivering parts of the transformed Healthy Child Programme offer to work even more closely together going forwards.
Graham Allen MP, event sponsor, explained how FNP has transformed the lives of young families in his Nottingham constituency and discussed the vital importance of early intervention in supporting mums and babies to be healthy and happy.
FNP National Unit Director, Ailsa Swarbrick, spoke about how FNP has evolved since 2007 while retaining core principles of “commitment to evidence and learning”, discussing the challenges we face, and how our joy at marking 10 years of FNP was mixed with sadness that some sites have decommissioned. She also highlighted that FNP will be delivered in nearly 100 sites this year and how we will be building on these strong foundations through FNP Next Steps, our programme of innovation and improvement.
Nicki Jeffries, supervisor in Buckinghamshire and an original family nurse, reflected on her journey with FNP, changes to the programme since 2007, and how “FNP is about relationships and that is what makes it special. FNP makes a difference now and into the future”.
Finally, Fateha Begum, one of FNP’s early clients, shared her inspirational story. Joined on stage by her eight year old son Hamza, Fateha explained just how much her Family Nurse, Sharon, had impacted on not just her life, but that of her other children and her friends and family, and how, with Sharon’s encouragement, she had overcome her fears to become an amazing mother: “Sharon was the guide that helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel”.
A huge thank you to everybody who attended and helped us to kick off our 10th anniversary celebrations. We have more events planned, with the next set – for all family nurses – in June.
Monday 23rd October 2017 will kick-off FNP Week - a chance for sites and teams across the FNP community to celebrate our 10th anniversary locally. We’ll be providing ideas, inspiration and resources to help you do so – so watch this space for details.
QSO Event - 16 November 2017
The event will be an opportunity for QSOs to talk, share experiences with and learn from fellow QSOs and members of the FNP National Unit, and to contribute to our thinking.
In addition, they will:
- Learn the latest about FNP Next Steps, our innovation programme aimed at improving outcomes for families, increasing cost effectiveness and flexibility and sharing learning from FNP with other service
- Hear an update on developments on the FNP Information System
- Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the introduction of FNP in England – a major milestone in our collective work to improve lives during those first 1001 critical days.
We’ll be sharing more information on the event in due course but please save the date in your diaries for now!