Evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership programme in NHS Lothian, Scotland

Summary of the key learning and implications from the evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme in NHS Lothian, Scotland.


First and foremost, we would like to thank all the FNP clients, Family Nurses and stakeholders who gave up their time to take part in interviews for this evaluation, and especially to Val Alexander and her team for their help with recruitment of clients and for their ongoing participation in the study.

We would like to also thank everyone involved in contributing to and supporting the evaluation over the past three years: Vanessa Strong ( NHS Lothian) and Dr Jamie Reid ( NHS Education for Scotland) for their work on preparing the FNP Edinburgh monitoring data included in this report; Victoria Milne (Scottish Government), for her advice throughout the evaluation process; and the rest of the Evaluation Advisory Group (Jonathan Wright, Carolyn Wilson and Gail Trotter, Scottish Government; Val Alexander and Sally Egan, NHS Lothian; Lynn Porteous, City of Edinburgh Council; and Ann Kerr, NHS Health Scotland) for their ongoing advice and support.

Thanks are also due to Irene Miller for her help with interviewing clients and nurses, to Louise Marryat, Martine Miller, Claudia Martin and Fiona Dobbie for their input at earlier stages of the evaluation and to Simon Anderson for his advice and support throughout.

The photographs included in the report were captured by Iain Stewart. He was commissioned to work alongside the site to capture both the journey of the service users and the experiences of the team as the first test site in Scotland.

Responsibility for this report, and for all interpretation of the data, lies solely with the authors.

Rachel Ormston, Susan McConville & Jacki Gordon


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