The i-THRIVE Programme

i-THRIVE (Implementing THRIVE) is the implementation of the THRIVE framework for children and young people’s mental health services. The THRIVE framework has been identified as a way to meet the vision of improvements to children and young people’s mental health services set out in Future in Mind, the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce report.

i-THRIVE takes the core principles of the THRIVE framework  and supports CCGs, mental health trusts and local authorities to make it a reality. For example, shared decision making between young people, families and their clinicians is core to the THRIVE framework but it is still proving difficult to achieve in practice. i-THRIVE is working in collaboration with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice to see how Option Grids™ can support shared decision making in a piece of work funded by the Health Foundation.

i-THRIVE was chosen to be an NHS Innovation Accelerator and is currently being implemented in ten accelerator sites across the country, led by Dr Anna Moore. The accelerator sites formed the initial i-THRIVE Community of Practice (COP) to share learning about their approach to i-THRIVE. The COP now includes a wider range of organisations covering 72 CCG areas that are using the THRIVE framework as the basis of their CAMHS transformation and improvement programmes. The experiences of the COP are key to developing our learning about how the THRIVE principles can be implemented.

i-THRIVE is supporting sites within the COP to develop a whole-system, place-based, approach to the delivery of child mental health services. i-THRIVE promotes integration across health, care, education and third sectors and provides COP sites with an evidence based approach to implementation to support delivery on the ground along with workforce training and development through the i-THRIVE Academy.


Download the i-THRIVE Annual Report (May 2017) here


The i-THRIVE programme is delivered through a partnership between the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and UCLPartners.

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