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Family Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Family Nurse Partnership team in Liverpool.

Working with Merseycare colleagues across the 0-19 health service and partner agencies across Liverpool

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a national evidence-based programme.The aim of the programme is to improve the antenatal health, child health and development and parents' economic self-sufficiency in disadvantaged young families.This role is responsible for delivering the FNP intensive, preventive home visiting programme to vulnerable, hard to reach young women who are expecting their first baby.

Post holders will be required to develop high-level generalist and specialist skills to work within the clinical methods of the structured programme. Family nurses will be expected to develop therapeutic relationships with clients and work intensively within complex family situations to achieve the expected outcomes of the programme.

This is a demanding specialist role requiring high levels of professional skills and practice and the ability to work as part of a team.

Working with Merseycare colleagues across the 0-19 health service and partner agencies across Liverpool.

Main duties of the job

1. To recruit and engage eligible, hard-to-reach pregnant young women to the FNP programme.2. To use programme materials and methods in the clients' homes in order to achieve the following ? improve the outcomes of pregnancy ? improve children's health and development by enabling parents to provide more sensitive and competent care of them and? improve parental life-course by helping parents plan future pregnancies,complete their education, and find work.3. To work therapeutically with a range of family members to promote behaviourchange and positive outcomes for children and families.4. To take a lead professional role when required where children and young peoplewith additional needs require an integrated package of support from more than one practitioner/service.5. Through continuous monitoring and engagement in reflective supervision, to ensure that expertise in clinical methods are developed and maintained, that the service offered is of high quality and the programme is implemented with fidelity.6. To work in collaboration with local statutory and mainstream services to ensure that families become confident in accessing a range of other universal health and support services and are ready to graduate from the programme when the child is two years old.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Family Nurse will:1. Undertake home visits in accordance with FNP model.2. Use high level interpersonal and communication skills to provide and receive complex and often highly sensitive information. Use strengths based, solution focused strategies and motivational interviewing skills to enable families to develop behaviour change strategies.3. Utilise specialist knowledge acquired through the FNP learning programme, events and other study, together with reflections on experience, to deliver the FNP programme effectively.4. Work effectively in potentially highly distressing or highly emotionalcircumstances, e.g. safeguarding children or family breakdown.5. Develop therapeutic relationships, requiring in-depth mental attention and concentration for extended periods, and promote adaptive behaviour change in the family home and other environments.6. Use the six FNP domains as a framework for programme delivery.7. Use professional and clinical judgement to undertake detailed assessments of clients and their families and analyse complex family situations in order to develop appropriate clinical interventions.8. Actively engage and work with fathers and other members of the extended family to achieve positive outcomes for children.9. Apply knowledge and skills to a range of clinical and family situations.10.Work within the FNP model to initiate, plan and co-ordinate clients care in consultation and collaboration with other professionals and agencies involved in providing services to women and their families. This includes initiating CAF and taking lead professional role where required.11.At all times keep the safety of the baby and the young person in mind, and work within local safeguarding policies as appropriate.12.Act on own interpretation of assessed clinical situation within the home setting. Able to refer client onto other specialist services as required on own authority.13.Contribute to the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP), including professional assessments of childrens growth, development and language skills.14.Positively and effectively represent the vision and principles of the FNP programme in actions and communications to internal and external clients, stakeholders and services.15.Manage own workload by working independently within appropriate occupational guidelines, referring to FNP Lead where appropriate.16.Act on own interpretation of assessed clinical situation within the home setting. Able to refer client onto other specialist services as required on own authority.17.Visit clients over a wide geographical area and within flexible working hours, this may include following families to neighbouring local authorities to enable them to continue to benefit from the programme.18.Propose changes to working practices or procedures for own work area as role evolves.19.Complete full, accurate and contemporaneous records.20.Create regular reports on local site replication performance for the programme board.21.Analyse reports on data for service development and develop quality improvement measures to assure data quality, completeness and accuracy, as well as improvements in programme delivery.22.Develop systems for user involvement and support clients to offer feedback on the service received, integrating this into local or national improvement measures.23.Develop local procedures for FNP, taking into account FNP National Unit guidance.24.Be aware of, inform and abide by, provider services approved policies, standards and quality assurance initiatives.

Person Specification



  • Nursing or midwifery qualifications and registered with the NMC
  • Degree level qualification
  • Willingness to undertake specialist post graduate training and be assessed on competence in clinical field following training


  • Masters level education



  • At least 2 years' experience of working with families in deprived communities
  • At least 2 years' experience of midwifery, child health, public health, home visiting
  • Clinical supervision
  • Working with children & families


  • Working with young people



  • Able to manage strong emotions, sensitive issues and undertake courageous conversations
  • Able to develop supportive, trusting and respectful relationships
  • Able to work effectively in a team, supporting others and challenging colleagues views and attitudes when necessary
  • Able to sensitively provide anticipatory guidance to parents
  • Able to manage exposure to distressing life events and stressful complex partnerships
  • Highly reflective and able to learn from experiences
  • Willingness to prepare for and engage in clinical and managerial supervision
  • Able to assess a situation, set priorities and problem solve quickly and effectively
  • Able to communicate clearly and succinctly both verbally and in writing
  • Exceptional communication, facilitative and motivating skills
  • Able to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Basic computer skills to create reports, use email, read excel spread sheets, etc.
  • Able to analyse numerical data


  • Motivational interviewing
  • Counselling



  • Understand the difference between advice giving and motivational approaches
  • Has some knowledge of the research base of NFP
  • Willingness to undertake personal study to develop understanding of a range of clinical areas
  • National and local safeguarding policies


  • Attachment theory
  • Self-efficacy theory
  • Human ecology theory
  • Behavioural change theory
  • Parent/infant mental health



  • Tenacious and persistent
  • Committed to principles of FNP and a strong desire to see it succeed
  • Pursues own personal growth
  • Has a learning style which readily accommodates skills practice and role play
  • Resilient
  • Empathic and non-judgemental
  • Warmth and flexibility
  • Self-awareness

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Yew Tree Centre

Berryford Road


L14 4ED

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