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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  • 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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  • FNP Scotland National Conference 2018 – Creating positive futures for young families in Scotland

    3rd July 2018 by

    Last week the Scottish Government hosted the FNP Scotland national conference in Glasgow. The event was attended by around 150 staff from NHS Boards that deliver the Family Nurse Partnership and representatives of central organisations. Delegates were welcomed by Michael Chalmers, the Scottish Government Director of Children and Families, who highlighted the National Performance Framework’s...

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  • Cabinet Secretary announces £1.5 million Family Fund to help meet costs

    4th January 2018 by

    Parents of premature babies in NHS care will now be able to get extra support with the financial cost. Through the Scottish Government’s 2018/19 draft budget the new £1.5 million Family Fund will be available from the 1st of April for parents of premature babies to help with the additional costs they face, such as...

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  • Best Start Implementation – Early Adopter Boards announced

    27th September 2017 by

    Today the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport announced that five Early Adopter Boards have been selected to lead the way across NHS Scotland in implementing a package of recommendations from The Best Start report. We were overwhelmed by the interest in becoming an Early Adopter Board and I want to thank every Board who...

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  • Best Start Implementation Newsletter – Issue 1

    8th September 2017 by

    During the review of Maternity and Neonatal Services, regular newsletters issued to update you on the progress of the review which ultimately resulted in the publication of The Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland. We plan to follow the same approach for implementing the recommendations in the...

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  • Update from Jane Grant – Implementation Programme Board

    9th June 2017 by

    This morning I chaired the first meeting of the Implementation Programme Board. I was delighted to see a number of familiar faces around the table, as well as new colleagues, who contributed their views and experience to The Best Start, and whose energy and enthusiasm will carry forward into the implementation of the recommendations contained...

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  • Update from Jane Grant – Launch of the Maternity Review, 20 January 2017

    20th January 2017 by

    I am delighted to announce that we have concluded our Review of Maternity and Neonatal services across Scotland and the final report was presented to Ministers and will be published today.  You can read a copy of the report and a short summary online. I have highlighted in previous updates how important it was to...

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  • Bereavement in Maternity Care Conference: 6 Dec, Edinburgh

    16th November 2016 by

    Tuesday 6 December 2016 Edinburgh International Conference Centre The Exchange 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh View the Programme and register to attend at: Registration starts at 08.45 with refreshments. The conference starts at 09.30 and finishes at 17.00.  Three workshops will be held during the day which will be focused on: Post mortem Memory making Sibling...

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