Surrey’s Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) service supports young women aged 19 or under who are expecting their first baby early in pregnancy until their child is two years old. The service is delivered by a team of specialist nurses who are based at Leatherhead Clinic but who work across the whole of Surrey.
The voluntary programme provides on-going intensive, structured support from specialist nurses. They work closely with the young women to ensure they receive practical health and emotional support and advice for themselves and their babies. The future outcomes for both children and adults are strongly influenced by factors in pregnancy and first years of life, so this programme offers some of the most vulnerable babies and young parents a better chance in life.
The Family Nurse Partnership programme started in 2007 in the UK and is aimed at improving the health and opportunities experienced by disadvantaged young families.
The programme is based on over 35 years of research in the USA, in which intensive support was given to first-time mums under the age of 19. The evidence shows that the programme can boost the health of mother and child, and increase life-chances for the family through children being better prepared for education and parents having improved employment prospects.
The programme works by identifying young mothers-to-be who could benefit at an early stage. A dedicated family nurse will use the programme methods and materials to work with mothers, as well as their partners and other family members, if the mother chooses.
Family nurses support them to have a healthy pregnancy, prepare for labour, support their baby to learn and grow as well as to plan their own life goals.
The Family Nurse Partnership programme also offers benefits for close working across the community midwifery and other professionals where needed. Experience gained in developing better relationships with families through the programme will help improve the way young families are also supported by wider services.
Locations and contact details
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FNP Surrey Supervisor,
Health and other professionals wishing to have a discussion about a client can call Helen Hamilton, FNP Surrey Supervisor on 07507 639 368
01372 384 339
Notification details can be sent by secure email to CSH.FamilyNursePartnershipSurrey@nhs.net
For further information
- To follow up a referral
For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services such as speech and language therapy. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2) and they will be able to advise.
- For advice or questions about your child's health
- 2 year development checks
- Referrals for ASD, ADHD or another neurological/developmental condition
Your GP will need to make a referral. Visit the Developmental Paediatrician service page for more information about these services in Surrey.
- Access to mental health services
Your GP needs to refer your child via MINDSIGHT Surrey CAHMS
- Hearing concerns
Contact the Audiology service
- Concerns or complaints about a Children and Family Health Surrey service
If your query is not covered by the routes above, please use the form below to contact us. Your query will be passed to the relevant team who will aim to respond within 7 working days.