Family Nurse Partnership
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a voluntary home visiting programme for first time young mums, aged 19 years and under.
A specially trained family nurse visits the young mum from early pregnancy until the child reaches two years of age. FNP has been developed over the past 30 years, originally in the USA.
It aims to enable young families to:
Have a healthy pregnancy
Improve their child’s health and development
Plan their own futures and achieve their aspirations and goals.
The FNP programme is underpinned by an internationally recognised, robust evidence base which shows it can improve health, social and educational outcomes in the short, medium and long term, while also providing positive economic returns.
Read about one of our young mums’ experiences here.
Recruitment to the Family Nurse Partnership is voluntary. Anyone can telephone our office, leaving your name, date of birth, contact number and estimated date of delivery.
A family nurse will contact you to arrange a visit when they can talk to you about the services ECCH provides. They will discuss which service might be the best for your needs (in case you are more suited to the Universal Health Visiting service for instance).
The following table explains who the criteria for those eligible to obtain FNP support:
|Eligible for offer of FNP service||Not Eligible|
|Gestation||Less than 28 weeks||More than 28 weeks|
|Clients who are living within the NHS Lowestoft area (post codes NR32, NR33, NR34, NR35, IP18 and IP19).||Women who plan to leave the area before their child reaches 2 years of age for an extended period of time (3 months or longer) or permanently.|
|Age||19 years and under at last menstrual period||20 years or over at last menstrual period|
|First Pregnancy||Previous pregnancy ending in miscarriage/termination/stillbirth||Previous pregnancy ending in live birth|
|Adoption||No planned adoption at entry to FNP||Previous pregnancy ending in adoption OR adoption planned before 20w|
|Language||Non English speaking clients We will supply an interpreter||If Family Nurses have 5 non English speaking clients recruited already|
This Department of Health Leaflet has more information about the Family Nurse Partnership Programme