Who are the Family Nurses?

Family Nurses are part of Blackpool Community Health Services.

Our team is made up of specialist nurses who all undertake training to be a family nurse. We come from a variety of backgrounds including health visiting, midwifery, school nursing, children’s nursing, mental health and the youth justice system.

Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a home visiting programme for first-time young mums (any mum under the age of 20) and families.  We know dads are important to babies, so we welcome dads or partners to be involved in visits if appropriate.

Our Aim

The aim of the Family Nurse Partnership is to support you to have a healthy pregnancy, plan for your labour and baby’s birth, improve your child’s health and development , build positive relationships with your baby and others, consider lifestyle choices that give you and your child the best possible start in life, and work with you to identify and achieve your goals such as finding a job or returning to education.

If you do decide to have a family nurse your family nurse will meet regularly at time that suit you.  Your visits will start during pregnancy right through until your child is aged between one and two.  Throughout this time, you and your family nurse will work on lots of different aspects of your pregnancy and becoming a parent together including:  parent-child attachment, feeding you baby including breastfeeding, immunising your baby, child development and school readiness.

Your family nurse will fit the programme around your and your baby’s needs, helping to improve your self-confidence as well as supporting you on other issues such as mental health, anxiety, housing and stopping smoking.

It is important Nurse Partnership programme is tailor made for you and relevant to what is happing in your life and the age and stage your baby is.  Your family nurse will use a tool called the New Mums Star. This will help you both to talk about where you are on your journey being a New Mum, consider the things that are going really well and discuss the things that maybe are a challenge for you.  Together you and your family nurse can make a plan as to the goals you would like to work towards and what you would like to discuss during the visits to support you to achieve your goals.

How do we work with outside agencies?

Family Nurses work  in partnership with outside agencies and can signpost you to relevant services for example, Family Hubs, education, etc.

Family Nurses are guided by the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code.  Your visits with your family nurse are confidential  however they have a safeguarding responsibility. They are alert to signs of neglect and abuse and have a duty to report any concerns they may have. Family nurses must follow safeguarding procedures if the nurse thinks that there may be risk of significant harm.   Your family nurse will always discuss any concerns with you first before making any referrals unless under exceptional circumstances it would not be safe for you or your baby to do so.

Your midwife will let us know you are having a baby. If there is space on the programme a family nurse will contact you  to arrange a visit.  She can provide you with more information to help you decide if you would like to have a family nurse.  If you have read this information and think you may like to have a family nurse you or a family member can also self-refer.