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The Family Nurse Partnership programme in Scotland: improving outcomes for child, parents, and society


Being a parent is a challenge for most people, but being a teenage parent brings with it even greater challenges. NHS Tayside has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe and is one of several areas being supported by the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme in Scotland. The approach was first developed by Professor David Olds at the University of Colorado and is based on strong scientific evidence1. The Scottish Government have included FNP as part of the manifesto commitment to ‘roll out FNP across Scotland’ and plan to support almost 1200 young families by 2013.

Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and Cities Strategy with a client of the FNP programme (© NHSScotland Photo Library 2012)

1. Olds, D.L., (2006). The Nurse-Family Partnership: an evidence-based preventive intervention. Infant Mental Health Journal, 27 (1), 5-25, (

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Family Nurse Partnership Implementation Lead (Scotland)

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Elke Loeffler and Gail Trotter wrote this case study in 2012.

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