Local FNP team recognised for going the extra mile

On Friday 14 July 2017, the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust held its annual Everyone Matters Awards, recognising the hard work and dedication of health professionals across the borough.

The local FNP team were awarded the Care Together Award for the excellent integrated work they do with other services in the area. The team were initially nominated by FNP supervisor, Alison Goodall, who wanted to highlight her team’s achievements in engaging and working successfully with non-FNP colleagues locally.

Close links have been forged between FNP and other local teams to ensure young people who access a variety of services in the borough receive truly joined up care. The team:

  • Work closely with the Enhanced Midwifery Team and other local services
  • Attend bi-monthly Young Parent Liaison meetings to improve services for young people
  • Help support and increase access to a local young parents group
  • Complete joint visits with other professionals to model a respectful and collaborative way of working
  • Commission a multi-agency safeguarding supervision training attended by teams, including the local safeguarding team, health visitor team leaders, social workers and midwives to provide a shared language and joined-up model of supervision.

“I am incredibly proud of the family nurses and their hard work over the past year to ensure FNP is embedded well into the local offer for children and families.” Says Alison Goodall, FNP supervisor.

“Their ability to build strong and respectful relationships with a range of services to collaboratively influence care for young parents is a credit to them and the service. Collaboration is a two way street, we’d also like to acknowledge everyone in the borough who works young parents!”

In addition to this team award, family nurse Emma Smith was presented with the Rising Star award for her exceptional work over the past year.

 “Emma has overcome so many rocks in the road this last year! She has grown professionally in her role and her strength and resilience has shone through.

“Emma keeps her clients and babies at the heart of everything she does, her tenacity and determination is incredible. Emma truly deserves this award for all her contributions to her team this year – she is our shining star!”


From left to right: Bernadette Lally, family nurse; Kate Bowden, family nurse; Sharon Bradshaw, family nurse; Emma Smith, family nurse; Alison Goodall, supervisor; and Julie Plets, quality support officer.