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 aim of the transition is to align the FNP programme and the FNP National Unit’s wider innovation work more closely with PHE and government priorities to deliver the first 1,000 days agenda. The FNP National Unit will continue to deliver strategic oversight and support for quality delivery and development of the FNP programme in England.
Best Start in Life has been a priority for PHE since it was established 6 years ago. Evidence shows skilled support to new parents, especially those who are vulnerable, is vital for good outcomes for our babies and children, and FNP has made valuable contributions to this work. The FNP National unit will work closely alongside other PHE teams to ensure that wider groups of vulnerable families can also benefit from the learning being developed from both the programme and the National Unit.
Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse and Director of Maternity and Early Years at Public Health England said: “We value the work the FNP National Unit has been doing to oversee and adapt the FNP programme in England.
“For the last six years, the FNP National Unit has been based at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, including in a consortium partnership during the first five years with Dartington Service Design Lab and Impetus PEF. With these partners the FNP National Unit has developed effective and innovative ways to deliver and develop FNP. It is well placed to expand on this work to benefit more families through quality improvement at scale to support our priority to ensure every child has the best start in life.
“We look forward to welcoming the FNP National Unit to Public Health England in 2020.”