Leeds City Council have communicated an intention not to extend the contract for Family Nurse Partnership service beyond 31 March 2017.
This service has been commissioned since 2009 and the commissioning arrangements transferred into the Local Council in Oct 2015 from NHS England, this transfer coincided with the reductions in national funding for Public Health. The council reached the conclusion after the results of the Randomised Control Trial (RCT), which were published in the Lancet in October 2015. The final statement by the researchers suggest that to continue to commission would not be cost effective given the measurements on the primary outcomes, i.e the mother’s health outcomes.
There were no issues with the service provided, and the council stress they recognised that Leeds FNP team are a highly skilled workforce who have successfully engaged and built good relations with many young families who highly value the service. There is also a need for further research based on the child’s outcomes and a follow up study is underway with the building blocks team at Cardiff University who undertook the original trial.
The Trust are currently working with clients to plan their transfer from the Family Nurse Partnership to Health Visiting.
If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:
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If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >
The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.