Implementation Support and International Team

How can the international team help you to implement NFP in your country?

A small team of NFP International Consultants support the introduction, testing, researching and expansion of the NFP program within the many different countries implementing the program.  In addition to specific work with individual countries, the NFP International Consultants work collaboratively with the whole International NFP community to ensure that experience and expertise is shared between countries for the benefit of all, and that new developments are integrated within each country. The International Consultants work with Professor David Olds as part of the University of Colorado, Denver, and all have long standing in depth experience and understanding of the program clinical model and implementation requirements.

David Olds

Program Founder & Oversees International Program 

David Olds is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver, where he directs the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health.  His work has focused on developing and testing in a series of randomized controlled trials a program of prenatal and infancy home visiting known as the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP).

Ann Rowe

NFP International Consultant

Ann is an International Consultant for the implementation of the Nurse-Family Partnership program, currently working primarily with Bulgaria, England, Norway, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Ann was Clinical Director of the Family-Nurse Partnership (FNP) Program National Unit in England from its initiation in 2007 until August 2015, adapting the program for the UK, and providing clinical leadership and developing the educational program. Over her career Ann has worked within local, regional and national NHS settings as well as within Universities and within Governmental departments. 

Gail Radford-Trotter

NFP International Consultant

Gail is an International Consultant for the implementation of the Nurse-Family Partnership program, currently working primarily with Australia and Canada. Gail was previously the FNP Implementation Lead for Scottish Government and FNP Clinical Director Director, NHS Education, Scotland until April 2018. She provided clinical leadership in Scotland for almost 10 years and was also responsible for overseeing the quality of the education program and clinical implementation of the programme across the country. Gail has worked across NHS is a variety of backgrounds including research and education at two Scottish Universities and more latterly as a Chief Nurse in NHS Lothian Scotland.

Dr. Olds and his staff at the Prevention Research Center have developed a model for adapting and testing the Nurse-Family Partnership program in international contexts that is grounded in the same rigorous research standards that serve as a foundation for the U.S. program. In general, an international implementation effort has four phases:

Phase One: Adaption. Examine the adaptations needed to deliver the NFP program in local contexts while ensuring fidelity to the NFP model.

Phase Two: Feasibility and Acceptability through Pilot Testing and Evaluation. Conduct a pilot test of the adapted NFP program to inform what additional adaptations may be needed to ensure the feasibility and acceptability of the adapted NFP program.

Phase Three: Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT). Consider expansion of the testing and evaluation work by conducting a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT).

Phase Four: Continued Refinement and Expansion. Once the evaluation of the RCT has been completed and the outcomes found to be of public health significance, the implementing agency may decide to further refine and expand the adapted NFP Program in their society.

Role of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health (PRC) at the University of Colorado

  • Approves the license required for implementation of the program within a country
  • Undertakes long-term follow-up research of participants from the three original NFP randomized controlled trials
  • Conducts research aimed at improving and expanding the NFP program model
  • Establishes systems and processes needed to support high quality implementation of the NFP internationally
  • Provides international expert support and guidance for NFP implementing countries
  • Undertakes Annual Reviews of NFP implementation and fidelity with licensed partner countries for quality monitoring and assurance ​​​​​​​

Learn more about the PRC here

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