Family Nurse Partnership
Welcoming our new FNP National Clinical Lead
Guest Blog: Amy Piper, Family Nurse Partnership National Clinical Lead
We asked our newly appointed FNP National Clinical Lead, Amy Piper, to reflect on her journey into this new role.
Amy will provide clinical advice to the national FNP programme function, engage in national decision making, and support the strategic direction of the programme. Amy will also provide ongoing support and guidance to peers in relation to FNP delivery in Scotland.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Having moved to Scotland about 17 years ago, I live in Fife with my son and little cat called Roxy. In my spare time I enjoy a parkrun most Saturdays and, inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, have recently learned to sew!
What brought you to work with the Family Nurse Partnership?
I completed my combined Registered General/Registered Sick Children’s Nurse training in Sheffield over 34 years ago. Since then, my nursing experience has very much focussed on working with children and families both in the acute and community settings in the UK and abroad. After qualifying I continued with my studies to becoming a midwife and then a health visitor before joining FNP as a family nurse.
What has been your experience working with the Family Nurse Partnership?
My career in FNP began as a family nurse when the service was first introduced to Fife in 2012. It was such an exciting time, joining a recently formed team and learning how to deliver a service that was relatively new to Scotland. It was hard work but so much fun too! I was lucky to later become part of the FNP Education team, contributing to the motivational interviewing training, before becoming a Family Nurse Supervisor.
What do you enjoy most about working with the Family Nurse Partnership?
FNP clients frequently share that for them the most important and valued part of being on the programme is the non-judgemental therapeutic relationship they develop with their family nurse. I also enjoy this the most! The therapeutic relationship enables Family Nurses to work in partnership with parents; agenda match the programme materials to the clients’ individual needs, helping them achieve their personal goals whilst supporting the best outcomes for their children.
Why did you decide to apply to become the FNP National Clinical Lead?
I am extremely proud to be working within FNP as I firmly believe it contributes to better outcomes for young parents and their children. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles within the service and I hope that this diverse experience will contribute positively to the role of National Clinical Lead.
What do you hope to achieve in the role?
As the service moves into its next phase, I am looking forward to contributing to the continued sustainability and improvement of the Family Nurse Partnership in Scotland.