Waltham Forest CCG applied to be an i-THRIVE accelerator site because it was interested in using the THRIVE framework to guide CAMHS transformation.
Waltham Forest CCG, with support from the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) have completed an in-depth analysis of the current system of services for children and young people’s mental health. Main priorities for transformation are to improve support for children and young people ‘Getting Advice’ and ‘Getting Risk Support’.
Some real progress has been made already with the development of an app by North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) called ‘My Mind’, which children and young people linked to a CAMHS service can use to more easily communicate with their clinicians, track their progress and set their own goals. If you would like to learn more about this app, a case study has been developed and is available here.
Since the start of their transformation process, Waltham Forest have seen a 15% decrease in referrals to their CAMHS and have seen increased referrals to CAMHS from schools.
Waltham Forest CAMHS are also a part of the Health Foundation ‘Scaling up Improvement’ project which is taking place over the next two years. In this project, the core set of THRIVE principles will be translated into a model of care across Waltham Forest and the three other CAMHS localities provided by NELFT.
If you would like more information on the work Waltham Forest are doing with i-THRIVE, please contact Nuzhat Anjum, Head of Strategic Commissioning, Waltham Forest CCG, Nuzhat.Anjum@walthamforestccg.nhs.uk.