The Family Nurse Partnership

Family Nurse Partnership is a programmer currently being delivered in six NHS board areas: Lothian, Tayside, Fife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Ayrshire and Arran and Highland. NHS Lanarkshire will be implementing the programme during the course of 2013. It is funded by the Scottish Government and based on the David Olds USA model that targets first-time parents who are 19 years old or younger and their children until the child is two years old.

The programme aims to enable young first time mothers to develop their confidence in parenting, establish the foundations for the long term health and wellbeing of the mother and her child and reduce incidences of subsequent teenage pregnancies.

The programme works with women from pregnancy until her child is two years old through home visits as well as health outcomes. The programme aims to improve families' economic self-sufficiency by helping parents to plan their own future, taking into account education and employment.

To be eligible for the programme, parents must be:

  • Aged 19 or under at last menstrual period
  • Have no long term plans to relinquish care of baby
  • Be a first time parent or parents.

More information on the Family Nurse Partnership Programme.(external link)

The first , second and third evaluation from the NHS Lothian project is available (external link). The second evaluation focuses late pregnancy and postpartum phases of the programme's implementation. A final report will be available in 2013.

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