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National i-THRIVE Community of Practice 
January 2022


We hope you have had a restful Christmas break and an enjoyable New Year.
Our team are looking forward to further work with sites in 2022, supporting implementation of the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019).


New Implementation Story: Merton Youth Justice Service
Dr Ali Shnyien, Clinical Psychologist and co-ordinator for Merton Youth Justice Service Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team, has been working with the National i-THRIVE programme team to produce an implementation story, showcasing how their approach is aligned with the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019).

This can be found live on our website here.

If you are interested in creating a local Implementation Story to showcase how your locality is aligned with the principles and needs based groupings of the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019), please contact the team on

i-THRIVE Academy: Shared Decision Making Training

Date: Tuesday 8th February 2022
Time: 9:30-13:00
Cost: £100
Expressions of interest: please contact

Upon completing this training module, attendees will be able to:
- Describe the five needs based groupings identified in the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) and describe how the THRIVE Framework benefits children, young people and their families;
- Understand the role of the National i-THRIVE Programme in supporting implementation of the THRIVE Framework for system change;
- Explain the research behind shared decision making and why it is important in the context of child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing;
- Identify how shared decision making is used within the THRIVE Framework for system change to benefit all stakeholders;
- Explain the benefits of using i-THRIVE Grids as a tool to promote shared decision making;
- Identify where and when you will start to use the i-THRIVE Grids in your work with young people and their families, and;
- Be accredited to use the i-THRIVE Grids in their practice.

Further details on the i-THRIVE Academy Modules can be found here.

CoP event: Using Ambit for supporting ICS partnerships.

Date: Thursday 10th March 2022
Time: 9:30-11:00
Register here.

AMBIT is a mentalization based team approach for teams working with young people with severe and multiple needs, who do not tend to access mainstream services. We believe that this approach is well suited to enabling localities to support ICS partnerships.

This event hopes to bring together multiagency partners with the aim to get system ready for supporting implementation of the THRIVE framework across the ICSs. It will consider a range of AMBIT principles and tools to ensure initiatives supporting risk are robust and aligned with the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019), with integrated needs led support.

Call out for future National i-THRIVE Community of Practice presenters

We want to increase opportunities for shared learning from the diverse communities across the country that are implementing the THRIVE Framework. In addition, we would like the diversity to be reflected in our presenters at webinars and face to face events to actively promote and encourage diverse perspectives. The team will provide coaching and practical support to build confidence and skill for anyone willing to share their learning.

Feedback from a number of presenters have been that the National i-THRIVE Community of Practice events have been a friendly introduction to presenting on a national scale for which we can provide a certificate to validate the contribution.

Please do contact us at if you would like to think about how to take this forward.

If you have any queries about implementing the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019), please contact the team at We will endeavour to help in any way we can.

With warm wishes,

The National i-THRIVE Programme Team


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