“i-Thrive is providing a systematic and population-focussed approach to improving the targeting of interventions for children, young people and their families. This implementation of the THRIVE model increases the efficiency and enhances the effectiveness of clinical services so that we can deliver better outcomes to more children.”

Professor Peter Fonagy, Programme Director for the AHSN Integrated Mental Health Programme at UCLPartners, National Clinical Lead of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People


The THRIVE framework is an integrated, person-centred and needs-led approach to delivering mental health services for children, young people and their families. It conceptualises need in five categories: Thriving, Getting Advice and Signposting, Getting Help, Getting More Help and Getting Risk Support. Emphasis is placed on prevention and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.

Children, young people and their families are empowered through active involvement in decisions about their care through shared decision-making, which is fundamental to the approach. The i-Thrive team is working with CCGs, NHS Trusts and local authorities across the country to implement the framework.

Challenge / problem identified

Mental illness represents a quarter of the nation’s overall burden of disease, affecting at least ten per cent of children aged five to 16 years. Yet despite the vast scale of this challenge, only one quarter of those with mental illness are receiving treatment.

Actions taken

i-Thrive was selected to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) in 2015, as part of the year one cohort. The NIA is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), and hosted at UCLPartners. As such, NIA Fellow, Anna Moore (representing i-Thrive) will be supported to scale this innovation across England’s NHS.

NIA i-Thrive 20%Impacts / outcomes

  • i-Thrive Community of Practice has spread to 72 CCG areas
  • 47% of England’s young people covered by i-Thrive Community of Practice
  • i-Thrive academy established in London, providing training for clinicians.

Plans for the future

i-Thrive was selected to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) in 2015. The NIA will support i-Thrive to scale nationally across England’s NHS, with bespoke support available from the NIA for a maximum of three years.

Useful contacts

Project contact: Anna Moore
E: a.moore@ucl.ac.uk
Visit the website to find out more
Twitter: @iTHRIVEinfo

Media contact: Rebekah Tailor, NIA communications lead
E: rebekah.tailor@uclpartners.com
M: 07414 602666