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Family Nurse Partnership

Providing research, analytic and strategic support to the FNP National Unit

Family Nurse Partnership

Providing research, analytic and strategic support to the FNP National Unit


Project lead: Louise Morpeth, PhD

FNP is an intensive preventive home visiting programme offered to first time mothers aged 19 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from pregnancy until the child is 2 years old. 

It aims to improve health outcomes in pregnancy for the mothers and babies, health, social and economic outcomes for the family in the longer term, through building self-efficacy, parenting and life skills. It is a licensed adaptation of the Nurse Family Partnership, developed by David Olds at the University of Denver at Colorado, USA and has been implemented widely in England.

Our role

DSRU is a consortium partner with the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Impetus-PEF responsible for the FNP National Unit and its strategic development.

We also work with the National Unit to support and develop a programme of routine analysis and in-house research projects. 

Our researchers provide support for the analysis of data collected throughout the programme from clients and nurses on a range of variables, which is used for continual quality improvement.

A research fellow is also placed in the National Unit, supporting service evaluation and other research activity.

Funder and collaborators

Duration: April 2013 - March 2017

Outputs and resources

Evaluation of Compassionate Minds:

A mixed method evaluation of a programme innovation designed to facilitate nurse understanding and encouragement of emotional regulation and intelligence in mothers and fathers. Report available here.



Service Evaluation of the Compassionate Minds Module of the Family Nurse Partnership Programme

/ Report

A report of an evaluation of an optional training module within the Family Nurse Partnership programme.

Link: view report


An evaluation of a Glasgow-based intensive mentoring programme for young people
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