New FNP National Unit Director appointed

Lynne Reed, new Director of the FNP National Unit

Lynne Reed has been appointed as the new Director of the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit.  

The new appointment follows Ailsa Swarbrick’s move to take up the role of Division Director of Gender Services at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Ailsa commented: “Lynne’s appointment heralds an exciting new era for FNP and the FNP National Unit as it moves into Public Health England.  I’ve loved my 8 years leading the FNP National Unit, and am now delighted to pass the baton to someone so skilled, experienced and passionate about putting FNP clients and their babies at the heart of our work.”

Lynne joined the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit in December 2018 as Head of Clinical Quality Improvement.  She brings more than three decades of experience of working in a variety of public health roles.  Lynne first joined Family Nurse Partnership in 2008 as a wave 2B supervisor for the Lambeth team and was subsequently Family Nurse Partnership provider lead in Croydon for six years. 

Lynne, who takes up her role in January, said: “My career has been focussed in public health and I am passionate about ensuring that the most vulnerable children and families have equal access to high quality services.

“There is a growing national conversation about how to ensure that all families have access to early year’s services that enable parents and carers to provide loving, secure and safe environments for their children to grow and reach their potential.  Family Nurse Partnership is well placed to shape and inform this discussion, both local and nationally, as we continue to keep the child at the centre at all times.

“I am honoured to be leading the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit as the team moves into Public Health England in April 2020.  I am looking forward to working with colleagues to realise the Public Health England vision for FNP National Unit: supporting the sustainability of Family Nurse Partnership in England and working across the system to support the Best Start in Life agenda.”

Follow Lynne on twitter at @lynrayz