The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in Peterborough is part of a national preventive programme for vulnerable, young first-time mothers

How this service can help you

The Peterborough FNP offers intensive and structured home visiting, delivered by specially trained family nurses, from early pregnancy until the child is two.

We work in partnership with other health professionals, social care professionals and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people, their children and families.

The family nurse and the young parent(s) commit to an average of 64 planned home visits over two and a half years. Building this relationship over a long period allows the family and nurse to establish a trusting, therapeutic relationship. Weekly and fortnightly visits take place from early pregnancy. We work alongside midwives - we don't replace their care. We deliver the Healthy Child Programme.

The programme aims to improve pregnancy outcomes by supporting mothers-to-be to make informed choices about healthy pregnancy behaviours, and become the best parent they can be.

Our aims:

  • Improved pre-natal health
  • Fewer childhood injuries
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies
  • Greater intervals between births
  • Increased maternal employment
  • Improved school readiness

FNP nurses also help clients find other sources of support.

How do I access this service?

Referrals are made via GPs or other professionals working with young people.  We recruit young people to the FNP on an annual programme.

Where is it?

Swan House, Gloucester Centre, Morpeth Close, Orton Longueville, Peterborough, PE2 7JU.

View Larger Map

Contact the service

Monday - Friday

  • FNP Office: 01733 746817 / 746818
  • FNP Administrator: 07947 552630
  • Fax: 01733 746819
  • We aim to make prompt decisions on referrals and contact the client within five working days


Who provides the service?

The FNP is provided locally by the Children's Business Unit of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. FNP sits at the intensive end of the universal, prevention and early intervention pathway and is embedded within the Healthy Child Progamme.

The Peterborough FNP team consists of a supervisor and four family nurses. Each family nurse has a caseload of up to 25 clients with the supervisor maintaining a smaller caseload.

FNP in Cambridgeshire is provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

Who is this service for?

We accept referrals for clients who have a Peterborough GP or attend a Peterborough school who:

  • Are first-time mothers aged 19 or under at their last menstrual period
  • Are less than 28 weeks' pregnant
  • May have had a previous miscarriage, termination of pregnancy or stillbirth
  • May be expecting multiple births
  • Are not planning adoption at enrolment to FNP
  • Are not planning to move out of the area



The national FNP programme

FNP began in England in 2007 with initial testing in 10 sites. There are now sites and teams across England with the Government committed to increasing the number of families in the programme at any one time to 13,000 by 2015.

FNP has one of the best evidence bases for preventive early childhood programmes, being identified by many rigorous evidence reviews as having the highest quality and best evidence of effectiveness.

FNP is often cited as the most effective programme for preventing child abuse and neglect and reducing childhood injury


The page was last updated on 23 April 2018 by andrea.bateman.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

IIP-logo-reversed Mindful-employer NHS-Employers-web Triangle-of-Care-member Twitter Logo Youtube Logo Facebook Logo Instagram Logo Wordpress Logo