Prof Peter Fonagy

Professor Fonagy is one of the key international figures in the evaluation of mental health interventions. He holds Chairs at UCL, Harvard, Yale and Baylor, and is a NIHR Senior Investigator. In the 1990’s, he co-led the NHS Review of Psychotherapies, evaluating all outcomes data which provided the basis for the radical policy change, Improved Access to evidence-based Psychological Therapies (IAPT), now an important part of the NHS mandate. The report ‘What Works for Whom’ has over 3,000 scholarly citations. Since 2010, he has led the Children and Young People’s Programme for IAPT and achieved a doubling of the Government’s financial commitment to this service transformation programme for CAMHS services to be restructured using evidence based, patient centred therapies. He is a key figure in developing NHS mental health strategy through NICE guidance and chaired the Depression in Children and Young People GDG and co-ordinated the prevention section of guidelines for Antisocial Personality Disorder and Conduct Disorder. He led the development of National Occupational Standards for Psychological Therapies and Chaired the Advisory Group leading to the introduction of routine outcomes assessment in mental health services (HoNOS). He served on several UK Government panels and on the Academic Advisory Board of the Presidential Commission on Violence Prevention, chaired panels at NIMH and the German Research Foundation, and was a UK representative on the Expert Psychological Panel of the European Science Foundation EIRH Programme. He is PI or co-PI on evaluation research programmes in excess of £15M, is Programme Director on the UCLP mental health programme and is leading the largest Clinical Psychology Department and training scheme in the UK, with 150 doctoral students.

Emma Louisy

Emma is the programme manager for the national i-THRIVE programme and is responsible for ensuring delivery of all work streams within the programme including the i-THRIVE Academy, the Community of Practice, i-THRIVE Illustrated, the Implementation Toolkit and i-THRIVE Evaluation. She also supports the funded project teams, helping to ensure that the projects are delivered in line with funder expectations.

Emma has experience of designing, delivering and managing service improvement and transformation across local government and the charity sector. Whilst at the Local Government Association she led on a number of strategic national capacity building programmes in collaboration with the Cabinet Office, the District Councils Network and the Office for Public Scrutiny to enable sharing of services between different tiers of local government.

Dr Rachel James

Rachel is the clinical lead for the national i-THRIVE programme, and is responsible for supporting the national implementation of THRIVE. Rachel led on the i-THRIVE Academy, funded by Health Education England.

Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has over 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families across the health, social care, education and voluntary sectors. She has managed a number of community, specialist and multi-agency CAMHS teams.

Rachel is committed to delivering and developing interventions and services that are evidence-informed and actively promote and encourage shared decision making to ensure collaborative practice with children, young people and their parents or carers.

Professor Miranda Wolpert

Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE

A clinical psychologist by background, Professor Miranda Wolpert is committed to understanding how best to support and evaluate effective service delivery to promote resilience and meet children and young people’s mental health needs. Her work focuses on improvement and prevention science combined with social entrepreneurship, and includes the development of online, digital and face-to-face tools and training resources for young people, carers and practitioners.

Miranda is Professor in Evidence Based Practice and Research at UCL and Founder and Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU), a service development and academic unit which works to bridge research and practice in child mental health and is part of both UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She is also Co-Founder and Director of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s wellbeing. Miranda is also Director of the Innovation, Evaluation and Dissemination Programme at Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

In her other roles, Miranda is National Informatics and Data Advisor on Child and Adolescent Mental Health for NHS England, Children and Young People Mental Health Advisor at UCL Partners and co-chairs the Department of Health group on measurement in child mental health. She is also the Mental Health Strand Lead for the Children’s Policy Research Unit which advises Government on research related to policy development.

In 2017, Miranda was awarded an MBE for founding EBPU, co-founding CORC and services to child and adolescent mental health.

 

Liz Simes

Liz is the Trial Coordinator for the i-THRIVE evaluation and is responsible for the coordination of the research project.

Liz has experience of quantitative and qualitative data collection, as well as research management and ethical governance in the NHS and criminal justice system. She has coordinated research trials funded by the NIHR for the last three years, evaluating services for young people with Conduct disorder and adults with Antisocial personality disorder. Liz has previously worked as a researcher working with hard to reach groups and is interested in developing evidence based practice for mental health services for young people and adults. Liz has an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College London and will be starting her PhD at UCL in September 2017.

Bethan Morris

Bethan is a research assistant working on the i-THRIVE Evaluation and is involved in the development of research tools and data collection. She 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 an MSc in Mental Health Studies.

Ilse Lee

Ilse is the the Research Officer for the national i-THRIVE programme and has been working on i-THRIVE from the very beginning. Ilse is responsible for managing the i-THRIVE Community of Practice, ensuring that we are aware of how sites are progressing with their i-THRIVE implementation 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. Ilse has experience of research in mental health services where the goal has been to assess how the current systems of services are functioning, what is working well and be able to plan what changes should be made to improve efficiency and outcomes for service users. Ilse has recently completed a masters in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at UCL.