Chief Nursing Officer Visits Fife's Family Nurse Partnership

Published: Friday 17 Mar 2017

CNO Fiona Millar (front, centre, left) and Helen Wright (front, centre right) with staff and clients

CNO Fiona Millar (front, centre, left) and Helen Wright (front, centre right) with staff and clients

Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Fiona McQueen, has met with staff and young parents taking part in Fife's Family Nurse Partnership programme.

Professor McQueen was given an overview of the development of the programme in Fife and heard from young parents about their experience of using the service.

The Family Nurse Partnership is a nurse-led service which supports first-time young parents, building their confidence and helping them to make positive choices.

The programme begins early in pregnancy, with Family Nurses visiting their client regularly at home offering guidance in a number of areas including child development, parenting skills, breastfeeding, diet, education, and employment.

Other family members are included wherever possible and fathers are actively engaged and supported.

Since the initiative began in 2012, 337 families have been supported across Fife.

Helen Wright, NHS Fife Director of Nursing, said: “Becoming a parent can be an exciting but challenging time. The Family Nurse Partnership helps young parents to build confidence in their own abilities and skills, providing support from pregnancy right through until a child is two-years-old.”   

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