10 March 2015
The First Minister has announced that Edinburgh is now a world leader in the innovative Family Nurse Partnership programme.
During a reception at Edinburgh Castle, the First Minister confirmed that the capital had become the first city on the planet to offer the programme to every first-time mother aged 19 and under.
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Launched in 2010 by Ms Sturgeon when she was Health Secretary, the programme sees nurses work on a one-to-one basis with young first time mothers from early pregnancy until their child reaches two. It improves antenatal health, helps prevent childhood injuries and tackles inequality by ensuring children get the best possible start in life.
The First Minister said: “It’s one of the best investments we can make as a society – we give young mothers the support they need, we help children to get the best possible start in life, and we reduce public spending further down the line, because we have better health, education and employment outcomes.”
Melanie Johnson, Executive Nurse Director, NHS Lothian, said: “The service first began as a pilot project in January 2010 in Edinburgh and since then it has gone from strength to strength. It has also made a real and lasting impact after it was rolled out across the rest of Lothian and also Scotland.”
You can read more about Family Nurse Partnership here.