Norwegian Family Nurse Partnership supervisor visits Lewisham counterpart

Family Nurse Partnership supervisor Kathleen Cruise welcomed her Norwegian counterpart from Oslo last month in a visit that marks six months since the programme was established in Norway.

Norwegian supervisor Emma Broberg took the opportunity to ask questions about everything from how supervision and training works in England, to practical questions about the most efficient ways to make up the packs of materials family nurses take out on visits to clients. Emma also shared her early experiences of setting up a team in Oslo. Kathleen was able to share insight from the Lewisham team, which was established in 2010.

In Norway, Family Nurse Partnership is available to all first time mums, regardless of age, and caseloads are capped at 20 clients. The Oslo team was set up in April and began taking client referrals in August.

Emma’s meeting with Kathleen follows on from previous visits to England from Norwegian ministers in 2013 and 2014

Kathleen commented: “The dialogue between international Family Nurse Partnership sites gives us a fantastic opportunity to gain insight about how the programme is delivered in different contexts. It was really interesting to share information on FNP materials and training with Emma, which she really enjoyed learning about.

It’s early days for Norway, but I look forward to keeping in touch with Emma and hearing how her team’s work develops.”