Dr Rachel James
Rachel is the Clinical and Programme Director for the National i-THRIVE Programme and is responsible for supporting the national implementation of the THRIVE Framework. Rachel leads on the i-THRIVE Academy.
Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has over 25 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families across the health, social care, education and voluntary sectors, and she has led community, specialist and multi-agency child and adolescent mental health teams within the UK. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Child, Young Adult and Family Directorate at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Rachel is a co-author of the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) and the Clinical and Programme Director for the National i-THRIVE Programme.
Rachel is committed to developing and delivering high-quality services that are evidence-informed, prevent and promote emotional health and wellbeing, and empower children, young people and their families to be actively involved in decisions about their care through shared decision making. Rachel integrates her learning from a UCLPartners Improvement Fellowship into developing ways to embed quality improvement within everyday practice to effect meaningful and sustainable change across systems.
Rose is the Programme Trainer for the National i-THRIVE Programme and is responsible for coordinating the programme of training nationally. Rose is the lead for delivering the i-THRIVE Academy modules to localities across the UK and can develop bespoke packages of training to suit each locality’s needs.
Rose holds a BA Hons in Psychology, an MA in Social Work and she is also a trained Video-feedback intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline (VIPP-SD) practitioner with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Rose’s background is in social care and she has over 15 years of experience working with children in need of protection and supporting children at every stage through their adoption journey. Rose has extensive experience of training and assessing prospective adopters and is passionate about improving outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Neelam is an Assistant Psychologist with the National i-THRIVE Programme at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Neelam is the QI (Quality Improvement) Lead for the team and will also be responsible for co-coordinating the i-THRIVE Community of Practice and upcoming events, as well as supporting the team in developing the e-learning material and concept overall. Neelam is also an Associate Quality Improvement Lead for the Children, Young Adults and Families Directorate at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Neelam has a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychology, and has experience of working clinically within forensic and inpatient settings, delivering therapy in 1:1 and in groups, along with a special interest in service user involvement. Neelam has also undertaken clinical audits within these services and has experience of collecting, analysis and presenting data. Neelam’s current research is around the influencing factors of suicide within Immigration Removal Centres.
Bethan is an Assistant Psychologist with the National i-THRIVE Programme. Bethan is responsible for managing the National i-THRIVE Community of Practice, ensuring that we are aware of how sites are progressing with their implementation of the THRIVE Framework and identifying where support may be needed. She is also responsible for developing the i-THRIVE Toolkit which will help sites to take a structured, evidence based approach to implementation. Bethan is also a trained VIPP-SD practitioner and Assistant Psychologist with the VIPP Unit and Associate Quality Improvement Lead for the Children, Young Adults and Families Directorate at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Bethan has experience of conducting research across mental health services where the aim was to discover mental health professionals’ assessment of patient activation in clinical practice and their receptiveness to a formal measure of patient activation. Her career has also involved working in inpatient settings. Bethan has a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Mental Health Studies.