Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is currently supporting 11,000 families across England. In 2015, this programme will be rolled out to another 5,000 families taking the total to 16,000.
In the early 2000s we identified the American Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) programme as the priority for implementation in the UK in order to tackle the root causes of violence.
- In 2004, we went to Colorado to win the support of David Olds, the person who set up NFP in the USA, to have his programme brought to the UK. David agreed to this once funding could be secured
- We recommended adoption of Nurse Family Partnership in our 2005 report Violence and what to do about it
- In 2006, we met with the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and senior policy makers to discuss our recommendation. We also arranged for David Olds to come to the UK to address a conference of senior civil servants
This led the Government to commit to 10 pilot sites of the programme, which was called Family Nurse Partnership in the UK. Due to the programme’s effectiveness it has since been extended to its current size.
Our work in Northern Ireland with Health and Social Care Trusts led directly to a decision to introduce FNP into the province. In Scotland, FNP is expanding and is now being delivered in nine Health Board areas.