Cabinet Secretary for Health Humza Yousaf said: “It was a pleasure to celebrate ten years of the Family Nurse Partnership which has helped hundreds of young mothers and their babies”
By Lucy Ashton
The programme, run in conjunction with Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, is a home visiting programme offered to women in early pregnancy aged 19 and younger.
Mother-to-be are placed at the centre of the scheme which aims to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health, development, future educational readiness and achievement and parents’ economic self-sufficiency.
Since it began, more than 1,000 clients have graduated from the two-year programme, which is voluntary.
NHSGGC Director of Nursing Professor Angela Wallace said: “Supporting young mothers and their children through the FNP has been a hugely successful programme.
“Our teams of Family Nurses have been key in ensuring young women, many from disadvantaged or care-experienced backgrounds, are given a voice which is listened to and respected, allowing their needs to be the focus of the service.
“And evidence show that the meaningful engagement by clients has resulted in improved developmental outcomes in early years for children.
“To reach the landmark of 10 years of the programme is testament to the work of all the teams in NHSGGC and Glasgow City HSCP, from Family Nurses in FNP to Maternity Services, but also the young women who have engaged so wholeheartedly with the programme and have shaped how it is delivered.”
Speaking at the Glasgow Science Centre, where he met some of the mums, children and families to have come through the programme, Cabinet Secretary for Health Humza Yousaf said: “It was a pleasure to celebrate ten years of the Family Nurse Partnership which has helped hundreds of young mothers and their babies in Glasgow.
“Hearing first-hand the positive impact the programme has had shows the importance of continuing to deliver this initiative that helps to support young mothers and families, helping us to meet our commitment to provide all children, young people and their families across Scotland with the right support at the right time.”
FNP Service Manager Anne Burns said: “There have been some amazing outcomes from this programme. Our clients have helped shaped this programme- even today’s event, right down to what’s on the menu for lunch. The programme very much empowers young women from a diverse range of backgrounds. One former client is now training as a neonatal nurse as a direct result of her participation.
“FNP has helped improve the lives of young mothers and given their children that vital support that’s needed in the first thousand days of their lives. It has touched so many lives.”