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National i-THRIVE Programme Team

Dr Rachel James

Rachel is the Programme and Clinical Lead for the National i-THRIVE Programme and is responsible for supporting the national implementation of THRIVE. 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. She is currently an Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Trained in the scientist-practitioner model, Rachel is committed to developing and delivering and high-quality services that are evidence-informed, prevent and promote mental health and well-being, and empower children, young people and their families to be actively involved in decisions about their care through shared decision making. Rachel actively promotes and encourages shared decision making to ensure collaborative practice with children, young people and their parents or carers. Rachel is currently a UCLPartners Improvement Fellow and is particularly interested in developing ways to embedded quality improvement within everyday practice to effect meaningful and sustainable change across systems.

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Bethan Morris

Bethan is the Assistant Psychologist for 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 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.

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