As part of their ‘Awareness Week’, board members of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust attended a coffee morning to meet with the Family Nurse Partnership Team and the families they support.
The event took place at Springfield House, an Orbit Independent Living mother and baby scheme, where many of the families receiving the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme live.
The programme provides on-going intensive support to young, first-time mothers and their babies. Structured home visits are delivered by highly trained nurses and start in early pregnancy, continuing until the child’s second birthday.
CNWL recently took over the running of local community and mental health services, including the FNP programme. The Trust provides a range of services across London, Kent and Hampshire. Milton Keynes is the only area where it provides the FNP service so the visit was an opportunity for the Director of Nursing, Andy Mattin, to find out how it works and the benefits it brings to young families.
Maggie Mayne, Family Nurse Supervisor for the Partnership, said: “Health in pregnancy, and the quality of the caregiving babies receive during the first years of life, can have a long lasting impact on a child’s future health, happiness, relationships and achievement of their aspirations.”
Springfield House is an Orbit Independent Living housing unit of 15 self-contained flats and communal accommodation. It provides a safe and secure accommodation for vulnerable, young single women who are pregnant or who have a child.