Rochdale service is thriving after national award success

An innovative emotional health and wellbeing service for local young people has beaten off national competition to be crowned a winner at the prestigious Healthcare Transformation Awards 2017.

#Thrive TeamOn 28 June, the Rochdale borough-based #Thrive team and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) took home the Redesign of Care in Mental Health Award, in recognition of their innovative approach to supporting young people.

#Thrive is an emotional health and wellbeing service delivered by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Youth in Mind and leisure provider Link4Life. It is funded by NHS HMR CCG. 

The service aims to support children and young people aged up to 19 years who are worried, struggling to cope, stressed with exams or experiencing bullying or relationship problems.

They must live or be registered with a GP in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale.  #Thrive also offers support to anyone who cares for or work with young people.

Lots of different types of support are available from the service, which is based at 48-50 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1NT. This includes counselling, online support, group work and talking therapy.

The service was highlighted by the panel for its innovative approach, the level of engagement with young people and providing early and easy access to the right support.

Mark Wood, service lead for #Thrive said: “We are delighted to receive this national award in recognition of the hard work and passion young people, families and professionals have put into developing the service.

“From the very beginning #Thrive has been co-designed with young people and their families, to ensure it is just right for their needs.  This has included everything from the types of support we offer, right down to the décor of the hub and the design of leaflets.

“We continue to work closely with them as we further develop the service and are excited about what the future holds for #Thrive.”

Karen Kenton, Associate Director Integrated Commissioning Children’s Services, said: “We know that many children and young people can experience health and wellbeing issues, and enhancing and improving the support available in Rochdale is one of our priorities.

“#Thrive intervenes early to deliver better outcomes for children and young people in need of help and its achievements are testament to multiple local agencies working in partnership effectively.

“We are extremely pleased that the #Thrive service has been recognised at national level and look forward to its continued success.”

To find out more about #Thrive, people can visit: or phone 0161 716 2844.