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The progress of family health nursing in remote and rural Scotland.

Macduff, Colin


Colin Macduff


Since 2001 the World Health Organisation Europe Family Health Nurse (FHN) role has been developing in remote and rural areas of Scotland. In 2003 an independent evaluation identified a need for facilitation of the FHN role and family health orientated approaches with local Primary Health Care Teams. This was enacted by the Scottish Executive Health Department in December 2003 when they appointed three part-time regionally-based Family Health Practice Development Facilitators (FHPDFs) to work over an 18 month period. This article presents findings from a small research study which sought these FHPDFs judgements on individual FHN autonomy and supportive colleague action at 24 sites where FHNs were practising. These judgements reveal a picture of mixed progress that is consistent with findings from other related research. This collective overview is presented in the form of a new typology and the resultant implications for future development of family health nursing are discussed.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 10, 2005
Journal British journal of community nursing
Print ISSN 1462-4753
Electronic ISSN 2052-2215
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 12
Pages 558-562
Institution Citation MACDUFF, C. 2005. The progress of family health nursing in remote and rural Scotland. British journal of community nursing [online], 10(12), pages 558-562. Available from:
Keywords Family health nursing; Research; Practice development; Typology
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