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Family Nurse Partnership Supervisor

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Children and Family Services is looking for a highly motivated and skilled individual to lead the Family Nurse Partnership Team in Hampshire. The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme is a national evidence-based early intervention programme. The aim of the programme is to improve the antenatal health, child health and development outcomes along with improvements to parents' economic self-sufficiency in disadvantaged young families.

The FNP supervisor role is part of the 0-19 senior leadership team and an integral part of the delivery of Southern Health Foundation Trust's service offer for children and family services to ensure that Hampshire's children, young people and families receive the best possible care and health outcomes. The FNP team forms part of the 0-19 offer to vulnerable families across Hampshire.

This exciting post gives you the opportunity to deliver an evidence based early intervention programme along with other FNP teams across the country. The successful candidate will be required to undertake the FNP core learning and supervisor training if not already undertaken. This training will equip the successful candidate with the theory, practice and tools to enable the delivery of the FNP programme as well as leading and managing the FNP team.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a national evidence- based programme which aims to improve the antenatal health, child health and development and parental economic self-sufficiency in disadvantaged young families. The programme is delivered as part of the enhanced care pathway for a specific group of young parents within Hampshire.

The post holder is responsible for leading and managing the work of the family nurses and Quality Support Officer, and leading and developing the delivery of the programme. This includes providing in depth clinical and safeguarding supervision to the Family Nurses, maintaining the integrity of the programme, taking responsibility for the quality of programme replication according to the licence, overseeing recruitment and engagement of hard to reach families, building local relationships and facilitating continual learning and service improvement. In addition, they will also hold a small caseload of families to whom they deliver the programme.

The Family Nurse Partnership Supervisor will work as part of the 0-19 Children and Family Services Senior Team undertaking leadership and management roles across the wider services which support integration of the programme into the wider 0-19 service.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To manage a team of Family Nurses across Hampshire and the Quality Support Officer.

To take responsibility for programme quality and adherence to the FNP licensing conditions.

To facilitate continual learning and service improvement, planning for and ensuring a local learning programme for each Family Nurse, to meet their own identified learning needs and to facilitate the team based elements of the FNP learning programme.

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

*enabling parents to provide more sensitive, responsive and competent care of them improve parental life-course by helping parents plan future pregnancies, complete their education, and find work

To provide regular in depth individual reflective supervision for the Family Nurses to ensure high standards of practice and safe delivery of the programme.

To develop a robust local system for supporting safeguarding within FNP with the safeguarding named nurses and the FNP lead, taking responsibility for safeguarding supervision of Family Nurses either solely or in partnership with named nurse.

To work with others to ensure engagement of local stakeholders and to ensure an effective pathway for identification of eligible pregnant young women who can be offered the programme.

To build local relationships with health, social care, community and children's and young people's services to promote understanding of FNP and to mobilise resources for clients.

To oversee and manage the recruitment and engagement of eligible hard to reach pregnant young women.

To work with the Head of Service and Head of Nursing & AHP's to ensure that local systems develop a knowledge and understanding of the programme to build clinical networks, pathways and sustainability.

Quality and Governance

Ensure the programme is delivered in accordance with the licence of the FNP model reporting risks and variation to the head of operations and commissioners as required.

Work with the Head of Service and Head of Nursing to ensure FNP quality and governance structures meet the requirements of the service and Trust and comply with all policies and guidance.

Utilise specialist knowledge acquired through the FNP learning programme events and other study, together with reflections on experience, to lead manage and deliver the FNP programme effectively.

Use the six FNP domains as a framework for programme delivery and 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.

Actively engage and work with fathers and other members of the extended family to achieve positive outcomes for children, applying knowledge and skills to a range of clinical and family situations.

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.

At all times keep the safety of the baby and the young person in mind and work within local safeguarding policies as appropriate.

Contribute to the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP), including professional assessments of children's growth, development and language skills working in partnership with 0-19 services.

Propose and lead changes to working practices or procedures for the programme using quality improvement methodology, service-user and staff engagement.

Create regular reports on local site replication performance for the programme board analysing 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.

Develop systems for user involvement and support clients to offer feedback on the service received, integrating this into local or national improvement measures.

Be aware of, inform and abide by the Trust approved policies standards and quality assurance initiatives.

Management and Workforce Responsibilities

Develop a team culture of trust, support and growth reflecting FNP principles and ethos.

Receive information on eligible prospective clients, assign client caseload and monitor the family nurses' workload.

Promote the integration of theories, principles and methods integral to the programme into Family Nurses' practice and support them to analyse complex problems and case situations, agreeing plans as required.

Manage organisational structures and processes so that Family Nurses are able to stay focused on clients, infants and families.

Provide weekly, individual clinical and safeguarding supervision for Family Nurses giving in depth attention to Family Nurses in supervision where they may be emotionally challenged and distressed by their work with families.

Facilitate two weekly case review meetings ensure good use of the psychological consultancy to the team and inviting local experts to contribute when necessary.

Monitor the delivery of individualised client care across the six domains of the programme through joint visits with Family Nurses.

Manage the FNP team, ensuring initial learning self-assessments are undertaken, individual development programmes are in place, FNP competencies are assessed and developed and appropriate training is undertaken to enable full delivery of the FNP programme.

Monitor Family Nurses' performance and intervene as necessary to support development of full nurse competence providing constructive feedback and address performance issues.

Create a learning environment within which the team can develop clinical skills and strategies.

Monitor, analyse and interpret site and individual nurse fidelity reports and develop strategies to promote fidelity with programme goals.

Continually review and monitor risks within the programme, identify learning and take action as needed.

Administrative, Workforce and Financial Responsibilities

Ensure that the team collects timely, complete and accurate data to monitor programme fidelity

Interpret FNP data and produce reports and presentations for the FNP Project Advisory Board, managers and safeguarding meetings as required.

Manage a delegated budget with responsibility for purchase of FNP equipment and resources

Provide effective leadership and management to staff which promotes high performance standards both individually and as a team, in the achievement of the Trust's objectives and priorities. The Trust's success will be dependent on all managers playing an active role to make sure the existing areas of good employment practice are universally embedded within the organisation. Managers will be expected to:

Understand the Trust's values and key priorities and those of the service

Translate these into key priorities for the Service

Ensure clarity and effectiveness in developing and designing roles

Promote an effective team ethos

Complete Annual Appraisals for all staff which reflect values and priorities

Ensure staff have access to appropriate training and development

Communicate regularly through meetings with teams and individuals

Provide opportunity for two-way feedback

Value and treat staff equally

Ensure management of staff is consistent with the Trust's HR Policies to the achievement of equality, equity and optimum performance.

Manage environmental, social and financial resources in a way that is consistent with the Trust's Sustainable Development Strategy.

Professional Development

Use high level interpersonal and communication skills to provide and receive complex and often highly sensitive information, using strengths based, solution focused strategies and motivational interviewing skills to enable families to develop behaviour change strategies.

Engage in building skills and knowledge to meet all Family Nurse and supervisor competency requirements.

Attend and implement training required to maintain the FNP programme delivery

Maintain professional registration and CPD through clinical competency, supporting research and NMC revalidation programme

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • Midwifery qualifications with experience of working as a Family Nurse
  • Registered with the NMC
  • Degree level or equivalent professional qualification



  • Leading a team.
  • Supervision of other practitioners.
  • Experience of working with young parents with a developed understanding of their needs
  • Managing others.
  • Able to develop supportive, trusting and respectful relationships.
  • Experience in managing distressing life events and stressful complex partnerships.
  • Highly reflective and able to learn from experiences.
  • Experience in assessment, setting priorities and problem solving quickly and effectively.
  • Experience of working effectively with diverse groups.
  • Experience in creating reports and analysing data.
  • Acting as an advocate for the service and service users to promote the programme to local communities, colleagues, commissioners and service providers.


  • Attachment theory
  • Self-efficacy theory, human ecology theory, behavioural change theory
  • Parent/infant mental health
  • Knowledge of the research base of FNP
  • National and local safeguarding policies

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Moorgreen Hospital

Botley Road, West End



SO30 3JB

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