The Duchess of Cambridge visited the FNP team in Southwark today to highlight the valuable work of FNP teams across the country.

The FNP National Unit will move into Public Health England from 1 April 2020 after being based at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust since 2013.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a number of local organisations in Blackpool this week (6 March 2019) as part of the Royal Foundation’s focus on giving children the very best start in life.

MPs' call for an “early years revolution” in a new report published today (Tuesday 26 February) by the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee.

Earlier in the year, FNP National Unit Director, Ailsa Swarbrick was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into evidence-based early-years intervention. The committee has now published it's final report.

We spoke to Sara Burns, Director at Triangle, the social enterprise responsible for the Outcomes Star and Emma Cook, Clinical Quality Lead at the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit about the development of the New Mum Star, the iteration process, the lessons learnt from both sides and how both family nurses and FNP clients were instrumental in its final design.

Early intervention is not a panacea for all of society’s problems, nor is it a financial coping strategy for local or central government – but it is a vital way of providing children with the skills and resilience they need to succeed in life, and of mitigating the negative impacts of poverty and other forms for disadvantage.

We submitted evidence for the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry; The first 1000 days of life. In the submission we have highlighted four keys areas we believe are important to focus on in public health prevention in pregnancy and the first years of life:

Ailsa Swarbrick, FNP National Unit Director attended a debate at the Health Foundation on whether there should be a hypothecated tax for the NHS? She wrote a blog on her thoughts and the questions it raised.

More than one in 10 mums experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or within the first year of giving birth (the ‘perinatal period’). Some women might develop a serious mental health problem suddenly, even if they have no previous history of mental ill health, whereas others might find an existing condition is exacerbated.