Specialist nurses to help young families

Posted: November 13, 2014

Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) set up for Wiltshire

Family Nurse Partnership logoA new team of highly qualified specialist nurses have been recruited to give expert support to young families across Wiltshire.

Delivered by the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, young and vulnerable mothers will be given targeted support through a new scheme which helps support the health and wellbeing of first-time teenage mums and their babies.

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) will help mothers aged 19 and under from early pregnancy until their child is two years old.

Specialist nurses will provide on-going structured support while, at the same time, working with mums to ensure they get the right health and emotional care for themselves and their baby.

Gill Evans, supervisor for the Wiltshire Family Nurse Partnership team, said: "I was delighted to be appointed to this role. The Family Nurse Partnership has already been hugely successful in the US and other parts of the UK so I am confident that Wiltshire's young parents and their babies will also benefit from this programme.

"This is a really practical programme. We have a really great team of enthusiastic and highly experienced nurses here in Wiltshire who can't wait to meet the families they will be working with. "

The family nurses will show new mums how to have a healthy pregnancy, how to prepare for labour and also how to support their baby's learning and development as well as helping the mums to plan their own life goals. 

Julie Hughes, Head of Public Health for the Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire Area Team, said: "We are delighted to be working with the Trust on this new initiative.

"The future outcomes for both children and adults are strongly influenced by factors in pregnancy and first years of life, and this exciting programme offers some of the most vulnerable babies and young parents a better chance in life.

"It is a tried and tested programme and it will make a real difference to young mothers."

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