Research and Innovation in Service Day – ‘Different Models of Mental Health Service Provision – Celebrations and Challenges’


Event type Research Day

Live stream via zoom starting at 13.00 UK time

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Wellbeing in Schools



This annual research day from the ACAMH Southern Branch brings together different professionals, mainly within CAMHS, and presents their latest findings in the area. National and local research projects, and innovative practices,  are showcased and delegates will have the opportunity to hear from experts about their focussed area of work.

This year the focus is on:

  • New care models
  • The THRIVE framework for system change
  • Local initiatives to help education staff to recognise and support students with mental health difficulties and facilitate multiagency professionals problem solving approach
  • SIBS: 20-year journey of the siblings group in Dorset

The event is open to all clinicians working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and other groups with special interest in the topics

Prices and booking

£10 – ACAMH Membership 
£15 – Non-Members

To book simply click the button at the top of the page and fill in the details. ACAMH Members should sign in first to ensure that they get their discount. Recording of the sessions will be available to delegates for 28 days after the event. Please note these recordings are for the delegate only due to copyright and cannot be shared.

If you are not an ACAMH Member now is a great time to join and make a saving on this event. Take a look at the different levels of membership on offer.


13:00 – 13:10 Login, catch up, Introduction to the day

13:10 – 14:00 – Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools: A priority for all – Dr. Laura Giffen, Clinical Psychologist, Intellectual Disabilities CAMHS (West), Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

14:00 – 14:50 – The THRIVE Framework for system change: An integrated approach to service transformation’ – Dr Rachel James, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Tavistock and Portman Clinic

14:50 – 15:05 – Comfort Break

15:05 – 15:55 – Multi-agency Planning & Problem Solving (MAPPS) Groups: developing shared reflective practice across agencies – Victoria Ware, Senior Occupational Therapist, Intellectual Disabilities CAMHS (West) Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust and Deborah Gill, Senior Educational Psychologist, Dorset Council

15:55 – 16: 45 SIBS: 20-year journey of the siblings group in Dorset – Gary Sutton-Boulton (Team Lead, Senior Nurse) and Delise Jackson (Senior Clinical Support worker and sleep practitioner), Intellectual Disabilities CAMHS (East), Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

16:45 – 17:00 – Final comments, discussion, close

About the speakers

Dr. Rachel James is the Programme and Clinical Lead for the National i-THRIVE Programme and is responsible for supporting the national implementation of the THRIVE Framework. 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 within the UK. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Child, Young Adult and Family Directorate at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Rachel is a co-author of the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) and the Clinical and Programme Director for the National i-THRIVE Programme. Rachel is committed to developing and delivering high-quality services that are evidence-informed, prevent and promote emotional health and wellbeing, and empower children, young people and their families to be actively involved in decisions about their care through shared decision making. Rachel integrates her learning from an UCL Partners Improvement Fellowship into developing ways to embed quality improvement within everyday practice to effect meaningful and sustainable change across systems.

Deborah Gill has been an Educational Psychologist employed by Local Authorities or schools for 25 years. She is currently a Senior Educational Psychologist with Dorset Council. Dorset Educational Psychology Service has developed a range of innovative and effective group supervision approaches for professionals supporting children and young people.

Victoria Ware has been an Occupational Therapist for 25 years working in the areas of Adult Mental Health, Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation and for the last 14 years with children with an intellectual disability in a specialist CAMHS/ID service in Dorset. Victoria is a Sensory Integration Practitioner and has developed an interest in attachment. Victoria also provides Independent Consultation for Barnardo’s and is a health service volunteer at the annual Glastonbury music festival.

Dr. Laura Giffen is a Clinical Psychologist and is based within the Intellectual Disability CAMHS in Dorset. Laura trained in Argentina, qualified in 2006 and then moved to the UK. Since then, she has worked in the field of learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders with adults and children both in the public and private sector; she also worked as a therapy services manager during her placement across independent specialist schools across Dorset and Hampshire. Laura’s background is in “Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” and she gained further training in cognitive analytical therapy and systemic therapy in the United Kingdom. Laura is interested in the areas of systemic thinking and neuro psychology. She likes to “Zoom in and Zoom out” in order to understand and support individuals in their complex systems and stories. Laura has a little daughter who keeps her very busy. She likes to read and travel. Laura enjoys surfing, snow and paddle boarding and any sport that involves a board!