Helping young people THRIVE

A person-centred model of care for young people’s mental health

  • Led by Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with North East London NHS Foundation Trust, Anna Freud Centre, Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, UCLPartners and Young Minds, and evaluated by Roehampton University.
  • Being implemented at four localities across NELFT.
  • Enabling mental health services to be delivered according to the needs and preferences of young people and their families.
  • Using an integrated, person-centred model of child and adolescent mental health care.




Around 10% of children and young people have a mental health problem. This has a negative effect on their physical health and quality of life, making them vulnerable to poor relationships, violence and substance abuse.

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) face a range of problems, including difficulties with access to care and long waits. Children and young people are not always included in decisions about their care, and the things that matter most to them are often not taken into account. There is an urgent need to improve the quality of services by making them person-centred, equitable, efficient and more effective.

THRIVE is a conceptual framework of person-centred care for child and adolescent mental health with strong theoretical foundations. It enables care to be delivered according to the needs and preferences of children and young people and their families.

Following successful development in Camden, a core set of THRIVE principles have been identified and will be translated across four localities in NELFT, using an evidence-based approach to implementation called i-THRIVE. This project aims to understand facilitators and barriers to dissemination, whether the benefits can be translated to other CAMHS services, and its cost effectiveness.

Expected improvements with i-THRIVE include better access to care and reduced waiting times. Effectively identifying preferences will lead to more effective signposting, adherence to treatment and better patient experience. Engagement with services will also improve as children and young people will be involved in co-designing their services and care, and participate in peer-support networks.

Contact details

For more information about this project, please email Dr Anna Moore, i-THRIVE Implementation Lead at the Tavistock Centre, London.

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