FNP National Unit joins Public Health England

The FNP National Unit has joined Public Health England (PHE) after being based at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust since 2013.

The move into PHE’s Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years directorate aligns the FNP programme and the FNP National Unit’s wider innovation work more closely with PHE and the Best Start in Life agenda. The FNP National Unit will continue to deliver strategic oversight and support for the quality delivery and development of the FNP programme in England.

Speaking about the transition, Lynne Reed, Director of the FNP National Unit, said:

“The tenth anniversary of the Marmot review is a reminder of how health inequalities impact on individuals and society.  FNP works with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families in England.  By joining PHE we will be able to play an even greater role in helping to reduce health inequalities, delivering work which contributes to PHE’s strategic priority to help give children the best start in life. 

“Our move into PHE also provides a valuable opportunity to share our insights, data and learning more widely.  We can build on everything we have learned so far about scaling up an evidence-based early intervention programme and adapting and improving it in context.”

Commenting on the National Unit’s arrival, Professor Viv Bennett, PHE’s Chief Nurse and Director of the Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years directorate, said:

“The FNP National Unit team bring with them a wealth of experience in delivering an effective, evidence-based early intervention programme at scale, and in using personalised, data driven approaches to working with vulnerable children and families.  We are really looking forward to integrating their valuable expertise and innovation into the work of the directorate in the weeks and months ahead”.

The National Unit will be based at PHE offices at Wellington House, near Waterloo station in central London.  The new email for the National Unit is FNPnationalunit@phe.gov.uk