National i-THRIVE Programme Team

Dr Rachel James

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, involved in supporting the national implementation of the THRIVE Framework.

Rachel is the Clinical Services Director at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with 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.

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 McCarthy

Rose is a Senior Organisational Consultant within 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.

Sophie Dunn

Sophie is an Assistant Psychologist within the National i-THRIVE Programme and Associate Quality Improvement (QI) Lead within The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She also works part-time in a specialist psychoanalytic mother-baby playgroup for refugee and asylum-seeking families.

Sophie studied an MSC in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at the Anna Freud Centre, in collaboration with University College London (UCL). Sophie has experience working across a range of settings, working as a youth and community participation worker and support worker in a residential home for individuals with autism, learning difficulties and mental health problems.

Within her Assistant Psychologist role, Sophie will assist with the implementation of the THRIVE Framework, including facilitating the delivery of workshops and events across multi-agency sites. She is passionate about improving the quality and accessibility of person-centred and needs-focussed care, in order to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.

As Associate QI lead, Sophie is supporting several QI projects across the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and is also involved in delivering QI workshops  to sites nationally to support implementation of the THRIVE Framework, embedding a culture of continuous improvement.

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