Kate Billingham’s recent updates.

Riots and gangs: what can we learn from the Family Nurse Partnership programme?

‘In FNP people change for the benefit of their child’ Alongside health visitors, GPs, midwives, district nurses and other important community services, FNP teams are working in communities torn apart by the recent riots.  The intensity and depth of the … Read more → – Riots and gangs: what can we learn from the Family Nurse Partnership programme?

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Trust makes the world go round

Trust is a vital aspect of all good relationships, whether at individual, community or societal level. Perhaps it is trust rather than love that makes the world go round. Yet over the last few years, and weeks in particular, we … Read more → – Trust makes the world go round

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Four years of FNP in England

It is four years since the first 10 sites appointed their teams and begun recruiting families onto FNP in this country. Those first children graduated from the programme some time ago and we hope that the outcomes Jacqueline Barnes reported … Read more → – Four years of FNP in England

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How far away are clinical leaders from practice?

Nursing has often been criticised for gaining status and recognition by moving away from patients and leaving practice behind. Whereas in medicine generally, and general practice in particular, doctors defend their time with patients with fierce pride. Their clinical contact … Read more → – How far away are clinical leaders from practice?

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Improving health outcomes – social networks and organisational behaviour

Humans are great copycats. We emulate our peers, we mimic our parents and we follow fashions and trends, as they come and go. We end up buying more books from Amazon than we need because ‘people who bought this book … Read more → – Improving health outcomes – social networks and organisational behaviour

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The gift that every child deserves

One of the goals of FNP is to help young parents to understand the importance of a baby’s early life and its impact on their future, in order to create the best conditions for their baby. Like all parents, they … Read more → – The gift that every child deserves

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‘Three strikes and you’re out’ – ‘DNAs’ can mean more than we think

Commonly we see ‘did not attends’ (DNAs) as wasting time and resources and recently a commissioner expressed her concern that FNP was not cost effective because of the high number of ‘no access’ home visits. At face value this looks … Read more → – ‘Three strikes and you’re out’ – ‘DNAs’ can mean more than we think

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More help for disadvantaged families

Yesterday Secretary of State announced the doubling of the number of families to be offered the Family Nurse Partnership by 2015. Along with increasing the number of health visitors by 4200, this shows a real commitment to the first years … Read more → – More help for disadvantaged families

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Power and love

That we all face difficult decisions is an understatement. Whether a professional, manager, commissioner or policy maker we are all trying to figure out what can and should be done with fewer resources. Feedback from some of our sites on … Read more → – Power and love

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Social factors are key to health and well-being

We have always known that social factors are key to health and well-being. There is more and more evidence illustrating that the quality of our relationships, our sense of belonging, trust in others and feelings of control and mastery over … Read more → – Social factors are key to health and well-being

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