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National i-THRIVE community of practice event

Learning from implementation of the THRIVE Framework across complex systems

The National i-THRIVE community of practice comprises over 99 local sites that are working to implement the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) in their services for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Hosted by the National i-THRIVE programme, this in-person event provides an opportunity to hear how these sites are implementing the THRIVE Framework to provide better mental health support for children and young people. Throughout the day, you’ll hear best practice examples from across the sector and learn how to overcome the potential challenges and barriers to implementing the THRIVE Framework across complex systems.

Aims and learning objectives

During this event, you will:

  • learn from other sites implementing the THRIVE Framework
  • receive practical guidance on how to support successful implementation
  • consider potential opportunities and challenges that the THRIVE Framework poses
  • reflect on possible ways to overcome barriers to implementation
  • collaborate with others and gain insights through networking

Who is this course for?

This event is suitable for professionals from across the children’s workforce. You might be working in health and social care, youth justice, the police, education, local authority, or the voluntary sector.

There will be participants from all levels of the system, such as senior leads, commissioners, practitioners, and operational teams, all interested in supporting the implementation of the THRIVE Framework for system change in their locality.

Participants may have various levels knowledge of the THRIVE Framework before attending, but we hope that by attending you will gain a better understanding.

Course details

Date and Time:

Wednesday 4th October 2023, 10am – 4pm


This event will be held in-person in a central London location. Full location details will be sent with the joining instructions.


The day will consist of a series of presentations, delivered by guest speakers, including individuals leading on transformation from across our National i-THRIVE community of practice. You will be able to take part in practical exercises and reflect on the talks, and ask questions during the Q&A session. Throughout the day, there’ll be valuable opportunities so that you can collaborate with others and gain insight into other systems.

10:00-10:30Registration (tea/coffee)
10:30-10:45Welcome & introductionsNational i-THRIVE Programme
10:45-11:30East of England’s regional approach to i-THRIVEJo John & Dr Beth Mosley
NHS England
11.30-11.45Break (coffee/tea)
11:45-12:30Sirona’s public health approach to i-THRIVEPenny Hazelwood & Fai Pope,
Sirona care & health
12.30-13.00Question and Answer session
13:00-13:45Lunch & networking – a buffet lunch will be provided
13:45-14:15Learning from the implementation of the Waiting Room website in the North Central London Integrated Care SystemFreddie Peel & Dr Rosa Town,
NCL Waiting Room
14:15-14:30Break (coffee/tea)
14:30-15:00National i-THRIVE EvaluationDr Anna Moore & Dr Rachel Sippy
Anna Freud Centre
15.00-15.20Question and Answer session
15:20-15:40Final reflections & closeNational i-THRIVE Programme
15:30-16:00NetworkingNational i-THRIVE Programme

Based on your feedback from our last community of practice event, the National i-THRIVE team will be sharing examples of best practice from our community of practice sites, with some top tips for successful implementation of the THRIVE Framework. There will be a session on the culture change required to embed the principles of the THRIVE Framework, with dedicated time to support the development of programme action plans.

About the THRIVE Framework

The THRIVE Framework was originally developed by a collaboration of authors from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in 2014. The Framework provide an integrated, person centred and needs-led approach to delivering mental health services for children, young people and families.

The THRIVE Framework conceptualises need in five categories: thriving, getting advice and signposting, getting help, getting more help and getting risk support. Emphasis is placed on the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and empowering children, young people and their families to be actively involved in decisions about their care through shared decision making.

Five partner logos for iThrive - The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, The Dartmouth Institute, i-Thrive, Anna Freud and UCL Partners.

If you are interested in joining the national i-THRIVE community of practice or would like to find out more about the support that you can access through it, please contact the team at ithriveinfo@tavi-port.nhs.uk.

It is free to join and you will be subscribed to our monthly newsletter for the latest opportunities and event updates.


“Valued networking/ collaborating opportunities with other sites implementing THRIVE”
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“Helpful reminders of tools & resources to support implementation”
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“Insight into whole-system implementation ”
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“Examples of best practice”
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Course facilitators

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Bookings can be made until one week prior to the event. Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

Please note we are not able to raise invoices for individual bookings on this course.


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