Greater Manchester i-THRIVE Programme

What is Greater Manchester i-THRIVE?

The Greater Manchester i-THRIVE (GM i-THRIVE) Programme uses the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) to improve mental health outcomes for the children and young people of Greater Manchester.

The GM i-THRIVE team work with each of Greater Manchester’s 10 Local Transformation Partnerships (LTPs) and the GM Future in Mind Implementation Group to enable the delivery of the Greater Manchester Children and Young People’s Mental Health Transformation Programme.

GM i-THRIVE localities:


They are developing close relationships with provider and commissioning networks, identifying a range of local implementation leads and supporting the creation of  ‘THRIVE informed’ local teams.

Over a three year period the GM i-THRIVE team will provide training across the workforce to support delivery of THRIVE-like services.   In addition they will coach local leads through a THRIVE-informed transformation process and work flexibly to understand the specific needs and requirements of each locality. They draw from both the resources in the i-THRIVE Toolkit and the expertise within the National i-THRIVE Programme Team in order to provide each LTP with a tailored package of support.

Who are GM i-THRIVE?

The GM i-THRIVE Programme team is hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. You can contact them on:

To implement the THRIVE Framework across Greater Manchester they are working with the National i-THRIVE Programme team which is a partnership between  the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and UCLPartners.

GM i-THRIVE Community of Practice

The GM i-THRIVE Community of Practice is a forum that enables shared learning, the discussion of common issues, and innovation across the 10 GM localities. The GM i-THRIVE Community of Practice is currently held twice a year, and details of all upcoming events will be shared with members. Members also receive a bi-monthly newsletter showcasing THRIVE-like practice across GM.

To join the GM i-THRIVE Community of Practice mailing list, please contact: or follow this link to sign up.

GM i-THRIVE Academy Training

The GM i-THRIVE Academy provides training across sectors on learning and development modules that have been created to embed key competencies required to deliver care in a THRIVE-like way.

The modules are:


Module content is developed through the i-THRIVE Academy and adapted to suit professionals’ working in Greater Manchester specifically.

Our Arts, Culture & Mental Health Programme

The Arts, Culture & Mental Health Programme is a branch of the GM i-THRIVE Programme, focusing how arts and cultural activities help young people to thrive, in addition to how they can be used as effective, evidence-based mental health interventions.

We’re breaking new ground with this programme, working with arts partners, children and young people, GM localities and all agency workforces to offer support on arts programmes and how these can be part of the GM i-THRIVE offer.

Our aim is to kick-start the changes needed for more flexible, relevant and enjoyable mental health support for young people, and ensure GM is offering a more rounded psycho-social service.

What we do

Since April 2019, the team has been working closely with organisations and individuals from the cultural sector to develop a clear vision for innovative and evidence-based partnerships. We have taken significant steps towards understanding current provision, sharing good practice, implementing projects and developing an evaluation framework.

Our aim is to continue this work, and begin working with children and young people in the development of arts and mental health programmes.

The evidence

While there have been hundreds of studies on the role of culture and the arts in supporting wellbeing, no standard means of collecting and reporting data and outcomes are in place. We hope to set this standard with the Greater Manchester Youth Mental Health Arts & Culture Evaluation Kit, which in turn allows findings from evidence-based practice to have a meaningful impact that commissioners can work with.

The kit has been developed as a collaboration between the Greater Manchester i-THRIVE Programme and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of the Great Place programme,  42nd Street, Arts Council England, Mahdlo Youth Zone, University of Manchester, Z-arts, Lime arts, Contact Manchester and other key stakeholders.

The kit is tailor made to allow arts organisations to use it with ease, whilst collating the data that is useful in demonstrating impact to the health sector and commissioners.

Any Greater Manchester arts or culture organisations working with children and young people that are interested in using the evaluation can request a tailored version of the kit via the request page, here.

Get in touch

Dr Katherine Taylor Programme Lead, you are welcome to contact her for any further info: or on twitter @communikatt.

Programme updates are delivered by the GM i-THRIVE team. You can contact the team via, @gmithrive,  or sign up to the GM i-THRIVE Community of Practice to receive the Greater Manchester  i-THRIVE newsletter.

Greater Manchester i-THRIVE Implementation Stories

These stories provide examples of how different localities in GM i-THRIVE have approached implementing the principles of the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019).


To get in touch about implementing the THRIVE Framework in Greater Manchester contact:, or follow GM i-THRIVE on twitter: @gmithrive.

Helpful content

The below documents are helpful in supporting the implementation of the THRIVE Framework in GM:


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