Family Nurse Partnership
Celebrating the 2023 Family Nurse Partnership Scotland Conference
On Thursday 16th March the Scottish Government hosted a conference for all Family Nurse Partnership staff at the Hilton Carlton in Edinburgh. The event was attended by over 160 people from a range of backgrounds, including family nurses, supervisors, data managers and some of our NES colleagues. We would like to thank everyone who attended and made it such an inspiring day.
What happened at the conference?
The conference enabled us to come together to reflect on what we have achieved since our last conference in 2019, and consider how we can keep improving what we offer to the young parents of Scotland. Attendees had the opportunity to join talks and breakout sessions which covered topics such as trauma informed practice; relational trauma; keeping the Promise to care-experienced children and young people; digital opportunities; support for young fathers; and much more!
At the conference we heard that 11,530 clients have been supported and empowered by the programme over the last 13 years. We also learnt that family nurses have completed an amazing 508,699 visits to families in this period!
Speakers included FNP founder Professor David Olds, who introduced the day. Dr Adam Burley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, joined us to speak about relational trauma, and Family Nurse Supervisors Jenni Bonnar and Ilona Grieve discussed sensitive enquiry and response in FNP practice. The keynote speech was delivered by Darren McGarvey, author and documentary maker.
You can watch Professor Olds’ video message here:
What did the attendees think of the conference?
We received some lovely feedback, with one attendee saying it was a “really great day and a really good reminder about why we are here and what we do”. It gave everyone a chance to see some familiar faces and meet new colleagues for the first time – “great to re-connect with all across the country”. Another attendee said that there were “great speakers and it will encourage me to think about my own practice i.e., relationships, the promise and trauma”.
What is next for FNP?
We will continue to be inspired by all our colleagues, who offer passionate and committed support to FNP families. We look forward to working with you all to achieve our ambition that Scotland is the best place to grow up.
You can find out more about the programme by watching this film: Family Nurse Partnership: 10 year analysis – YouTube