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Replacing the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme with alternative pathway for families in St Helens

Healthy Child Programme in St Helens - change of provider as of Wednesday 1 September 2021.

 From Wednesday 1 September 2021, the Healthy Child Programme in St Helens, which includes Health Visiting, School Nursing and an Enhanced Service which will replace Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), will be provided by Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. The services are part of a new 0-19+ Health and Wellbeing Service.

The Trust currently delivers the Healthy Child Programme, locally referred to as the 0-19 / 0-19+ Health and Wellbeing Service, in Wirral and Cheshire East, providing care and support for over 154,000 children, young people and their families. From birth to adulthood the teams support young families to have the best possible start in life and have a huge impact on the long-term health of local young people and children.

 Local parents, carers and young people will continue to see the same health professionals in their local community and should not experience any disruption to their dedicated care and support they already receive.

Health Visiting and School Nursing Services will continue to be delivered across St Helens. The School Nursing Service will be launching ChatHealth - a confidential NHS approved, text messaging service for young people aged 11-19. Delivered by School Nurses, young people in St Helens will be able to access a range of advice and support.

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme is being replaced by an alternative pathway to enable more families to access support. Over the coming months our Family Nurses will be working with families to support their individual needs and make sure they continue to receive the services they require.

Therefore, over the coming weeks please continue to visit this page for information about the transition and replacement pathway. If you require further information, have a question or a concern about why and how this change will be made please have a discussion with your Family Nurse, and/ or contact Nattalie Kennedy, Senior Commissioning and Transformation Manager - Children’s Integrated Commissioning Team within St Helens Council nattaliekennedy@sthelens.gov.uk and/or send you query to wchc.fnpsthelensqueries@nhs.net and one of our specialists will respond.

The team will continue to send you regular updates about the services and will be attending stakeholder networks and forums, but in the meantime if you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact Liz Jones, Mobilisation Lead if you have any queries - elizabeth.jones11@nhs.net

You can also find out more information via the Trust’s dedicated children and young people’s website.

If you have any queries, please contact: 07541 207276

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