Family Health Nursing Project

  • As part of the HEALTH21 health policy framework, the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe Office introduced Family Health Nurses (FHN).  The WHO outlined that FHN would support families at times of illness and dealing with chronic conditions. This support would be provided in the family home offering early interventions and treatment options, advice, signposting, public health care and wider support with social issues (WHO, 2000a). The WHO (1998) outlined that the FHN would be a significant asset in areas where there was a perceived lack of access to underserved and poorer communities within the European region.

    In October 2011, the UWS Family Health Nursing project was awarded Euros 399,799 with a 75% grant of 299,833 from the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. This grant will be used to progress the following aims and objectives.

    Project Aims and Objectives


    To develop shared academic and practice based programmes to prepare Family Health Nurses in Europe based on an inclusive conceptualisation of the FHN including scope of practice, essential knowledge base, and clinical competence across partner countries.

    Specific objectives:

    • To develop a clear definition for FHN based on a systematic review of FHN and review of current practice across partner countries.
    • To clarify competency and capability requirements for family health nurses working in communities including establishment of inter-country consensus on academic level.
    • To review available education/training in partner countries.
    • To develop module materials suitable for delivery at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a range of European languages.
    • To develop an evaluation framework including a minimum data set (e.g. key demographic drivers, health challenges).