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What is iThrive?

We are developing a new approach to emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people in Hertfordshire.

Called iThrive, it places an emphasis on prevention and early intervention.

Services will offer swift and flexible support with professionals thinking holistically about the needs of the child or young person rather than focusing on a diagnosis.

Under the new iThrive approach, which replaces the traditional ‘tier’ system, need is measured using five categories.

They are:

  • thriving;
  • getting advice;
  • getting help;
  • getting more help; and
  • getting risk support.

The aim is to increase capacity across the system and support children, young people, their families and professionals to be resilient, to be informed about support available, the choices they have and to understand what they can do to help themselves.

Hertfordshire is one of 10 places in the country chosen to develop the iThrive approach. As an NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) it is being delivered in partnership with the Anna Freud Centre, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the Dartmouth Centre for Healthcare Delivery Science and UCLPartners. NIA was established in 2015 to introduce and support new innovations in the NHS.

There’s more information about iThrive here: