Family Nurse Partnership Programme Celebrates Success


The Family Nurse Partnership Programme within the Trust recently celebrated its first anniversary at an event in Laganview Enterprise Centre in Lisburn.

The programme provides early intervention for first time young parents and involves intensive home visiting from early pregnancy until the child reaches their second birthday. Enrolment of young mums onto the programme began in Sept 2015 and there are now over seventy five families benefiting from the programme, including thirty five newborn babies.

The Trust is committed to giving children and young people the best and more importantly the safest start in life. The Family Nurse Partnership Programme is about improving pregnancy outcomes, improving child health and development and transforming the life chances of some of our young people. Central to its success is building and developing a trusting, therapeutic relationship with the family and building on their motivation to want to do what is best for children, while optimising the family’s sense of self efficacy.

The programme helps parents extend their capacity to nurture their young children’s development and helps young parents develop a vision for their own future, therefore having a lifelong impact on improving outcomes for young woman and their families.


Shona Johnston (Family Nurse Partnership Supervisor) and Marian Robertson (Former Assistant Director Children’s Health) with mums and babies enrolled on the programme

Pictured at the event is Eileen Harte (Family Nurse), Caroline Judge (Family Nurse), Cllr Brian Bloomfield, MBE (Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh Council), Mayoress Rosalind Bloomfield, Jacqueline McCracken (Family Nurse), Grainne Beattie (Family Nurse) and Shona Johnston (Family Nurse Partnership Supervisor)