Helping young people with mental health problems to thrive

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i-THRIVE is supporting North East London Foundation NHS Trust’s four child and adolescent mental health services to implement new models of care for young people and children with mental health problems.

The four areas across Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, and Havering and Redbridge are being supported by Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to implement the THRIVE framework.

The framework aims to ensure more patient centred care, improved access to care and better multi-agency working. The framework has already been successful in Camden.

Project manager Jeni Page said: “Our four sites are now ‘testing out’ different ways of working in their areas to see if they are the right fit for them. At the same time this is helping them to build their confidence in trying something new and their approach to quality improvement.

“In Waltham Forest we have been testing out new multi-agency risk clinics. In Havering we are trialing improvements to discharge processes. In Barking and Dagenham we have a couple of ‘tests of change’ underway which includes the recruitment of young people to design the self-referral process. In Redbridge we are working on re-designing triage processes.”

The i-THRIVE team recently presented at Health Education England’s quality improvement conference in October which was aimed at all healthcare workers in London and South East. All four sites will be coming together in November for special sharing i-THRIVE event.

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