Child and Maternal Health

  • Thinking about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

    9th September 2019 by

    To mark International FASD Awareness Day, Scottish Government Professional Advisor, Dr. Christopher Steer, gives an account of FASD action in Scotland. William Sutherland first proposed that alcohol harms the developing fetus more than a century ago in his study of alcoholic mothers detained in Liverpool Jail(1). Over recent decades clinicians and researchers have described and...

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  • What is Best Start?

    18th July 2019 by

    We have looked at different recommendations in the Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland….but what is Best Start and what progress has been made with implementation?  Find out here! Best Start Overview Factsheet

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  • Best Start focus on: Using technology to bring care closer to home

    3rd April 2019 by

    Best Start Factsheet – Using technology to support care closer to home   What is it?   The Best Start recommends developing the use of technology within maternity services. The Scottish Government’s Realistic Medicine Strategy and the Clinical Strategy for Scotland also supports a move to delivering care closer to home. Previously this has relied...

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  • Best Start focus on: Continuity of Carer

    27th March 2019 by

    Best Start Factsheet – Continuity of Carer What is it? The Best Start recommends moving to a continuity of carer model of care for maternity. This represents a fundamental change in the way services are currently delivered. In the new model, midwives will work in small teams and manage a caseload of 35 women at...

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  • Best Start focus on: Transitional Care

    20th March 2019 by

    Best Start Factsheet – Transitional Care   What is it?   The Best Start recommends the development of transitional care to keep mothers together with their baby wherever possible.  The majority of babies currently admitted to neonatal units are late preterm (34 – 36+6 weeks gestation) and full-term infants with moderate additional care needs, for...

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  • Best Start evidence

    18th March 2019 by

    Did you know? The Maternity and Neonatal Review Group considered current evidence and best practice as well as the views of service users, the workforce and NHS Boards when coming up with the 76 recommendation in The Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland. Read the evidence here:...

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  • Best Start Implementation Newsletter – issue 4

    30th January 2019 by

    Best Start – Newsletter – FINAL – January 2019 The fourth edition of Implementing The Best Start: The Journey from Policy to Practice is now available. In this edition you can read more about progress made implementing The Best Start, hear from midwives working in the Early Adopter Boards about how the new model is...

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  • FNP Year of Young People Celebration – 31 October 2018

    2nd November 2018 by

    the Scottish Government held a Family Nurse Partnership Year of Young People celebration on 31 October in Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. Over 200 FNP clients, their families and FNP staff joined us for the event, which was to celebrate the support FNP gives young parents. The event included a one-off performance from the FNP Ad-Hoc choir –...

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  • Cabinet Secretary visits new Alongside Midwifery Unit in Forth Valley

    6th September 2018 by

    Pregnant women in NHS Forth Valley now have the full range of birth settings to choose from when they come to deliver their baby. Offering women choice is one of many recommendation included in the Best Start report published after the review of maternity services in Scotland. The unit is a pre-existing area of the...

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  • Family Nurse Partnership Scotland – Guest blog

    20th July 2018 by

    Anne, a family nurse in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, has provided our guest blog to share some insights into the role of the family nurse, what it means to her and how it benefits clients. What is the Family Nurse Partnership Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an early intervention, licensed home visiting programme which is offered to...

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