Child and Maternal Health
Family Nurse Partnership – Celebrations and expansion
Last week was a very busy week for the Family Nurse Partnership in Scotland. There was a celebration of NHS Tayside’s FNP Programme on Monday and a Scotland-wide event for the FNP workforce on Tuesday.
The Millennium Stars celebratory event in NHS Tayside on Monday 30 October celebrated their success with FNP. They marked the recruitment of over 1,000 young women to the FNP programme since the service commenced in July 2011. The First Minister attended with her mentee, Charlotte, who shared her own FNP story. The First Minister was invited to cut a Millennium Star cake to mark the celebrations and clearly enjoyed meeting clients and children at the event:
(Photo copyright the Scottish Government )
While in Tayside for the celebration, the First Minister announced the expansion of the FNP programme across Scotland. The expansion will see all eligible mothers benefit from the programme by the end of next year.
See the First Minister and her mentee, Charlotte, talk about the FNP programme:
You can also watch the video below to hear from one young mum explain what the FNP meant to her:
On 31 October, around 150 staff working in FNP in Scotland gathered together at the FNP Scotland – Value and You national event. The event aimed to celebrate the successes of FNP and to allow the FNP workforce to share experiences and look to the future of FNP in Scotland. The Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, Fiona McQueen, also presented on how FNP is providing an ‘exemplar’ in the preparation for the work she is leading on, in transforming nursing roles.
As part of the day, we introduced the REvaluation team. The purpose of this work is to test out an innovative approach to sharing the ‘added value’ of FNP from across the whole system. This will involve client, nurse, team and wider stakeholder ‘stories’ being synthesised into meaningful messages that can be shared more widely on what we know about FNP. It will also provide an opportunity to look at areas for improvement, from the collective learning that will be collected and shared. We are very excited about this work, and hope that you are too!
We are grateful to all the FNP staff who joined us for the day and appreciate their ongoing contributions to developing FNP for the future.
A video explaining the FNP programme is available here