Mental illness represents a quarter of the nation’s overall burden of disease, including avoidable premature death. It affects 17 percent of England’s adult population and 10 percent of children aged five to sixteen years. There is also increasing policy acceptance of the long-term consequences of ongoing difficulties, including significant impact on employment, physical and mental health, with the oft-quoted figure of 66-75% of adult mental illnesses (excluding dementia) starting by the age of 18.
I-THRIVE is a new model of care for child and adolescent mental health to support shared decision-making between clinicians and patients. The i-THRIVE approach draws on implementation science literature, based on the Quality Implementation Framework, together with shared decision making literature.
Through the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), AHSNs are supporting the national adoption of i-THRIVE through a community of practice approach, where over 30% of children and young people in England are now living within a site implementing i-THRIVE.
i-THRIVE implementation support includes: quarterly learning events, an implementation toolkit, case studies, training academy and evaluation and measurement support.