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Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an intensive preventative programme offered to first time pregnant mothers. The same family nurse works with families from early pregnancy up until the child is 2 years.

The programme's primary focus is the future health and well-being of mother and child and offers structured home visiting by highly trained family nurses. The visits do not replace midwifery care but do deliver the Healthy Child Programme. The nurses use FNP programme guidelines, materials and activities to work with the mother, as well, as the father and wider family.

The Family Nurse Partnership is an internationally recognised evidence based programme, which is delivered under license and has been researched in the USA over the past 30 years. Pregnancy and childbirth are a key time in a woman's life for her to want her child to be happy and healthy. Increasing evidence shows that effective health promotion and disease prevention interventions in early life can produce measurable benefits in health.

The programme works with the strengths of the client and encourages them to fulfil their aspirations for their baby and themselves. This has also been shown to extend future educational achievement, economic productivity and responsible citizenship.  Advances in neuroscience and our understanding of pregnancy show how important early life is for the emotional and cognitive development of children.

The overarching aims of FNP are to:

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices
  • Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care for their children
  • Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, including planning future pregnancies, and continuing to develop their future education and employment opportunities

FNP works with all other agencies within children's' and adult health.


FNP is a city wide service with teams located in the North and South of the city.


8.00am until 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Weekends and evenings negotiated with client on an individual basis.

Contact Details:

Family Nurse Partnership North team:

Clayton Health Centre

North Road


M11 4EJ

Tel: 0161 230 1851

Family Nurse Partnership South team:

Parkway 5

Princess Road


M14 7LU

Tel: 0161 674 0472

Additional Support:

Intensive home visiting programme for first time teenage parents. From early pregnancy until 2 years of age.


North Team Supervisor: Sheila Panton

Family nurses: Audrey Sheehan, Claire Hesford, Claire Reece, Helen Maher, Jenny Ford, Lindsey Robins, Ros Harasiwka

Project officer: Tracy O'Hara

South Team Supervisor: Vanda Wellock

Family Nurses: Paulet Barnes, Clare Jacques, Mary Burton, Jackie Hughes, Catherine Nixon, Hannah Romain

Project Officer: Samantha Meade


Referrals can be made for first time parents, age 19 and under.  Preferably before 16 weeks gestation.


FNP is offered to first time young mothers under the age of 20 at conception. The teams are notified of eligible clients from the local maternity units but also accept referrals from all agencies including self-referrals.

Additional Information:

We are delighted to announce that we now have a national public website www.fnp.nhs.uk

Connexions:  http://www.connexions-direct.com - information and advice for young people

Barnardos: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/

About Family Nurse Partnership

Bookstart: http://www.bookstart.org.uk/ - getting children and young people interested in reading books

Smoking Cessation: http://www.quit.org.uk/ - everything you need to know about how to quit smoking

Women's Aid:  http://www.womens-aid.org.uk/ - 24 hour Domestic Violence helpline

42nd Street:  http://www.fortysecondstreet.org.uk/ - for children and young people under stress

NHS Healthy Start website: http://www.healthystart.nhs.uk : useful information for first time parents and carers

Care to Learn: www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn - general information and signposting from Public Sector website

Manchester City Council:  www.manchester.gov.uk

Child Accident and Prevention Trust: www.capt.org.uk

Kid Rapt, Child Safety Specialists: http://www.childsafety.co.uk/

Manchester Hospital School: http://www.manchesterhospitalschools.co.uk/

Awards / Recognitions:

Nominated- We're Proud of You awards 2014 category Equality & Diversity

Won' Most Eye Catching' Poster award at CARM Fair 2015

Published article in Observer magazine about teenage mums and FNP 2015