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Family Nurse Partnership Programme

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to public funds of the Family Nurse Partnerships programme has been to date; (240707)

(2) whether evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnerships Programme pilots has been completed; and if he will make a statement.

The Government allocated a budget of £7 million across 2006-07 and 2007-08 to support, deliver and test the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP). It announced in October 2007 that it would invest £30 million over 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2011-12 to continue to test and expand the FNP.

A two-year formative evaluation of implementation in the first 10 FNP test sites is being conducted by the University of London, Birkbeck. A report of findings in the first year was published on the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) research website in July this year, and this suggested that early signs are promising.

The FNP programme will also be evaluated through a randomised controlled trial, from April 2009. The trial is being led by the South East Wales Trials Unit at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University. It will test the impact of the FNP compared with other services on pregnancy and birth outcomes, on child health and development and on parental life course. It will also assess costs, through an economic evaluation.