Ailsa has led the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) National Unit within the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust since 2013. FNP is a structured, evidence based public health programme, which offers vulnerable first-time mothers and their babies intensive support by specially trained nurses from early in pregnancy until the child is two. It aims to improve ante-natal outcomes, children’s health and development and parents’ economic self-sufficiency. The National Unit is funded by Public Health England and provides national strategic leadership, family nurse training, quality improvement and national data analysis, research and programme development.
Ailsa has led the scale up of FNP across over half of England and has most recently taken forward a significant programme of innovation and quality improvement to increase impact, cost effectiveness and fit with local context and priorities. Previously she worked in the UK civil service developing policy and legislation with a focus on children’s issues, addressing inequalities and policy implementation. She is a Health Foundation Generation Q fellow with a Masters in Healthcare Leadership and Quality Improvement, a member of the Sciana international health leaders’ network.