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Family nurses focus on needs of young first-time mothers

A team of family nurses is helping young parents to learn English and integrate into their local community as part of the east London borough of Newham’s Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), an optional home visiting programme for first-time mothers under the age of 19.

A team of family nurses is helping young parents to learn English and integrate into their local community as part of the east London borough of Newham’s Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), an optional home visiting programme for first-time mothers under the age of 19 (see details at end of article).

Although the FNP programme was first introduced in England in 2007, it has been running in Newham only since November 2013. The service is provided by East London NHS Foundation Trust and the Newham team comprises four family nurses, a family nurse supervisor and a quality support officer.

The team works closely with partnered agencies in the borough, including the local interpreting service, health visitors, midwives at Barts Health NHS Trust, social workers, children’s centres, the local housing service and Newham Council.

Language barriers

About one in five first-time young mothers involved in the Newham FNP programme

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