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Number of ‘family nurses’ set to rise

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At least 100 more nurses look set to be recruited to provide intensive home visiting to vulnerable young mothers, as part of an extended government pilot scheme.

Ministers revealed plans last week to extend the Family Nurse Partnership pilot. The scheme, launched last year as part of a government action plan on social exclusion, is to be rolled out to a further 20 PCTs following ‘promising’ results from 10 initial sites.

Nearly 60 ‘family nurses’ were recruited for the initial phase from a mixture of health visitors, midwives, paediatric and school nurses. Each new site will be required to recruit a minimum of four family nurses on band 6 or 7 as well as a part-time supervisor on band 7 or 8.

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