UCLPartners has supported the implementation of i-THRIVE, a major service transformation for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

i-THRIVE is a new model of care for the 710,000 children and young people affected by mental health difficulties nationally.  It is an integrated, person-centred and needs-led approach to delivering mental health services, allowing children, young people and their families to be directly involved in their care.  The model integrates shared decision-making and provides comprehensive care from prevention through to complex treatment.  Needs are measured under five categories: thriving, getting advice, getting help, getting more help and getting risk support.  i-Thrive has shown to reduce waiting times and improve experience of care – by accurately assessing patients the first time they ask for help, and more rapidly delivering the care that they need.

The i-THRIVE partnership consists of The Anna Freud Centre, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, The Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, and UCLPartners.  It was selected as an innovation under the NHS Innovation Accelerator in 2015, led by Anna Moore.

Initial outcomes measured in 2015/16 are promising:

  • i-THRIVE is being implemented across 11 sites across England, supported by a team made up of members from the partnership
  • Half of CAMHS transformation plans in England and Wales now reference intention to adopt i-THRIVE principles
  • The i-THRIVE team has secured over £1m in grant funding to support further development and delivery of the model.

We are supporting sites to use evidence based approaches to implementation and will be learning about the impact on access, waiting times, patient choice and engagement with services.

For further information visit www.implementingthrive.org