Anna is a Specialist Registrar in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Cambridge, and Lead for the i-THRIVE partnership. Anna is currently an NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow and is leading 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.
Emma is the programme manager for the national i-THRIVE programme and is responsible for ensuring delivery of all workstreams within the programme including the i-THRIVE Academy, the Community of Practice, i-THRIVE Illustrated, the Implementation Toolkit and i-THRIVE Evaluation. She also supports the funded project teams, helping to ensure that the projects are delivered in line with funder expectations. Emma manages all operational aspects of the programme including finance.
Emma has experience of designing, delivering and managing service improvement and transformation across local government and the charity sector. Whilst at the Local Government Association she led on a number of strategic national capacity building programmes including the development of the pilot of the Commissioning Academy for Elected Members (a spin off from the Commissioning Academy) in collaboration with the Cabinet Office and a Chief Executive and Leaders programme to enable sharing of services between different tiers of local government.
Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has over 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families across the health, social care, education and voluntary sectors. She has managed a number of community and specialist CAMHS teams and is currently an Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Trained in the scientist-practitioner model, Rachel is committed to delivering and developing interventions and services that are evidence-informed. Rachel actively promotes and encourages shared decision making to ensure collaborative practice with children, young people and their parents or carers.
Ilse is the senior research assistant for the national i-THRIVE programme and has been working on i-THRIVE from the very beginning. Ilse 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.
Ilse has experience of research in mental health services where the goal has been to assess how the current systems of services are functioning, what is working well and be able to plan what changes should be made to improve efficiency and outcomes for service users. At UCLPartners, Ilse supported projects investigating adult crisis mental health services and mental health in London emergency departments.