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.
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 practitioner and Assistant Psychologist with the VIPP Unit 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.
Rosa Town is an Assistant Psychologist with the National i-THRIVE Programme at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Rosa is responsible for managing the i-THRIVE Grids and their dissemination, delivering training to cross-sector professionals on shared decision making and how to use the i-THRIVE Grids, and evaluating the impact of implementing the THRIVE Framework on service provision. In her previous work as a Research Officer at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Rosa co-led on the development and evaluation of the i-THRIVE Grids, designed and piloted the ‘Using i-THRIVE Grids to Improve Shared Decision Making’ i-THRIVE Academy Module, and secured NICE endorsement for the i-THRIVE Grids.
Rosa is also a full-time PhD candidate at University College London studying self-management interventions for LGBTQ+ young people with mental health difficulties. She is interested in developmental psychology, service improvement, digital mental health, self-management, quality improvement, and shared decision making. She has a BA double major in Psychology and Spanish from Smith College and an MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice from UCL.
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 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.