Anna is a Specialist Registrar in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Cambridge, and Lead for the i-THRIVE Evaluation. Anna is currently an NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow and is leading on the evaluation of the implementation and diffusion of i-THRIVE nationally.
She is completing a PhD in Implementation & Improvement Science at UCL, supervised by Prof. Peter Fonagy, which has focussed on how to effectively re-organise mental health crisis care pathways. Anna is also a psychiatrist working in Tier 4 CAMHS services in Cambridge.
Prior to this, Anna was Director of Mental Health at UCLPartners alongside Peter Fonagy. A core part of this work has been fostering an environment for partnership working and supporting members, who constitute a range of independent organisations including Provider Trusts, Commissioners, Local Authority and SME’s, to work together to improve mental health outcomes. This has included developing measurement & performance systems, developing and delivering large scale education & development programmes, developing & leading large scale multi-locality improvement programmes, developing informatics products and services to support system improvement, evaluation and implementation of innovations that demonstrate improved outcomes, as well as fostering environments for shared learning and building capacity for implementation.
Prior to this, Anna was the NHS Medical Director’s National Clinical Fellow to Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, working as part of the NHS Outcome Framework team developing a performance system for measuring the NHS’s collective progress towards delivering a set of outcomes. Prior to Medicine, Anna was a chartered accountant and also spent 18 months of her Neuroscience degree at Harvard, working on Neurotransplantation & Stem cell research for neurodegenerative disease, for which she received first class honours.
Rachel is the Programme and Clinical Lead for the national i-THRIVE Programme and is responsible for supporting the national implementation of THRIVE. Rachel leads on the i-THRIVE Academy.
Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has over 25 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families across the health, social care, education and voluntary sectors, and she has led community, specialist and multi-agency child and adolescent mental health teams. She is currently an Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Trained in the scientist-practitioner model, Rachel is committed to developing and delivering and high-quality services that are evidence-informed, prevent and promote mental health and well-being, and empower children, young people and their families to be actively involved in decisions about their care through shared decision making. Rachel actively promotes and encourages shared decision making to ensure collaborative practice with children, young people and their parents or carers. Rachel is currently a UCLPartners Improvement Fellow and is particularly interested in developing ways to embedded quality improvement within everyday practice to effect meaningful and sustainable change across systems.
Bethan is the Research Officer for the national i-THRIVE Programme and the i-THRIVE Evaluation. Bethan is responsible for managing the i-THRIVE Community of Practice, ensuring that we are aware of how sites are progressing with their i-THRIVE implementation and identifying where support may be needed. She is also responsible for developing the i-THRIVE Toolkit which will help sites to take a structured, evidence based approach to implementation. In addition, Bethan is working with sites to collect and analyse data for the i-THRIVE Evaluation.
Bethan has experience of conducting research across mental health services where the aim was to discover mental health professionals’ assessment of patient activation in clinical practice and their receptiveness to a formal measure of patient activation. Her career has also involved working in inpatient settings. Bethan has a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Mental Health Studies.