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What is the Family Nurse Partnership?

It's an intensive, preventive, licensed, home visiting programme for first-time, teenage parents to give their children the best possible start in life.

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Family Nurse Partnership Programme

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National statistics report on Family Nurse Partnership Scotland

The Scottish Government commissioned the FNP National Unit, NES, to produce a report on national statistics on the Core Model elements of the FNP programme and some of the outcomes. This includes both cumulative data and in-year data for the previous financial year, 2015-2016.

Read the report here

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What's the background to the programme?

Family Nurse Partnership has been developed in America over a period of 30 years by Professor David Olds. It has a strong evidence base.

A new approach

We have spent the last five years embedding our learning of FNP to achieve a high quality of implementation. 

We are now looking at adapting FNP in the UK.  These adaptations have been informed by consultation with all key stakeholders, including FNP sponsors, supervisors, academics and other experts.

Our aim is to develop and test a model which will still offer a clear, evidence based structure and retain the many strengths of FNP, including powerful engagement between family nurses and vulnerable families, but which will;

  • Achieve greater improvements for vulnerable families: and
  • Be more flexible - personalised to the strengths and risks of individual clients and better integrated with local service provision
  • Expand the programme to eligible 20 - 24 year olds
Where is FNP in Scotland

The programme is currently being delivered in ten NHS Board areas - Lothian, Tayside, Fife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley, Highland, Lanarkshire, Borders and Grampian.