Impetus Trust is one of three organisations awarded a £17.5m contract to extend the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter announced on 4th April. The programme will give more young and disadvantaged mothers one to one support to bring up their babies. The government plans to target 16,000 of the most disadvantaged new parents in the country by 2015.
Impetus will co-manage the extension of FNP with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Social Research Unit at Dartington. Each partner will bring specific expertise to meet the government’s commitment to expand the number of families to benefit from the programme. They will be responsible for national leadership, strategic development and governance as well as education and coaching of family nurses and supervisors.
Impetus Trust chief executive Daniela Barone Soares said: “Impetus is pleased to be the first venture philanthropy organisation to be selected by a central government body to co-manage an important part of its strategy to help young disadvantaged mothers bring up their babies."
FNP is an intensive, structured, home visiting programme, which is offered to first time parents under the age of 20. A specially trained family nurse visits the mother regularly from early pregnancy until the baby is 2 years old and builds a close, supportive relationship with the family.
Barone Soares added: “FNP programme has the potential to transform the lives of tens of thousands of disadvantaged families’ lives, and we are committed to scaling this top-notch delivery model so that more young mothers and young children receive support in those early years to help put them on a path to reach their full potential in life.”
Initial research in England has found that mothers who receive support from family nurses show positive results, including:
- stopping smoking during pregnancy
- high levels of breastfeeding
- improved self esteem
- being much more likely to return to education or employment when their children are old enough
Poulter said: “Around 11,000 families are already benefiting from personalised support from family nurses, but I am determined that we should go further, and that is why we will expand the programme to support 16,000 families by 2015.”