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