Family Nurse Partnership was developed in America over a period of 30 years by Professor David Olds. It has a strong evidence base.
The programme is currently being delivered in six NHS Board areas - Lothian, Tayside, Fife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Ayrshire and Arran and Highland. NHS Lanarkshire will begin implementing the programme during the course of 2013.
A new approach
The programme's main aims are to improve maternal health, child health and development, and family economic self-sufficiency. It addresses elements of the three big key social policy areas - health inequalities, child poverty and early years.
Family Nurse Partnership aims to introduce a new approach to nursing, moving away from a doing to model to working with the parent to help them build up their own skills and resources to parent their child well, but also to think about their own future aspirations.