Around 10% of children and young people have a mental health problem, leading to a negative effect on their physical health, quality of life and making them vulnerable to poor relationships, violence and substance abuse.
i-THRIVE is a conceptual framework which allows mental health care and support to be delivered according to the needs and preferences of young people and their families. It uses an integrated person-centred model of child and adolescent mental health care.
North East London NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to implement the model at four localities across their area using an evidence-based approach called i-THRIVE. This follows successful development of the initiative in Camden.
i-THRIVE aims to improve access to care and reduce waiting times. Identifying what young patients prefer will lead to better signposting, adherence to treatment and improved patient experience. Young people will become more engaged though involvement in co-designing their services and care and participate in peer-support networks.
The project aims to understand facilitators and barriers to dissemination of the i-THRIVE model, whether the benefits can be translated to other child and adolescent mental health services, and its cost effectiveness.
Find out more about i-THIRVE at http://www.implementingthrive.org/