iTHRIVE is an integrated, person centred and needs led approach to delivering mental health services for children, young people and families which conceptualises need in four categories:
Getting advice and signposting
Young people in the Getting Advice and Signposting needs based group either have mild or temporary difficulties, or may have ongoing needs but are choosing to self manage, or are on the road to recovery. What is offered is: consultation to the family, or professionals in their network, which offers experienced decision making about how best to help
Young people in the Getting Help needs based group are those that would benefit from focused evidence based treatment. What is offered is: evidence based therapy (where improvement in wellbeing is expected) delivered within a short timeframe. There should be explicit agreement with the young person at the outset of what a successful outcome would look like for them.
Getting more help
Young people in the Getting More Help needs group are those that would benefit from extensive long term treatment, which may include inpatient care. What is offered is: evidence based therapy where improvement in wellbeing is expected delivered within either; in a protracted timeframe or as a piece of joint work between two or more professionals.
Getting risk support
Young people in the Getting Risk Support needs based group are not engaging in treatment, or for whom treatment is not effective, yet they remain at considerable risk to themselves or others. What is offered is: Individually tailored support with the aim of reducing the risk of harm and improving a young person’s response to crisis. Care plans are agreed, with the family through, close interagency collaboration.
NELFT scaled up i-THRIVE across our CAMHS services in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbriding and Waltham Forest services between April 2016 and September 2018.
For more information about i-THRIVE, please visit: www.implementingthrive.org.