The NHCP Children and Young People Transformation Programme is working to transform children’s health and care services via four key areas of focus, or ‘pillars’. These are Healthy Lifestyle; Complex Needs; Healthy Minds, Healthy Brains; and Accessibility.

Collectively, the pillars provide the infrastructure for a strategic plan to identify needs and deliver joined-up, proactive and personalised services which provide high-quality care for children, young people and families at all levels of our Integrated Care System. The pillars are the also the means by which Northamptonshire will deliver on the commitments set out nationally for children and young people in the NHS Long Term Plan and the Department of Health and Social Care’s ‘The best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days’ – as well as create a framework to develop, implement, deliver and monitor children’s services based on achieving the best possible outcomes for our younger population.

Each pillar will be guided by the THRIVE Framework, which keeps the voice of the child and their parents or carers at the centre of innovative service design, ensuring they are supported to access services based on their identified level of need with an emphasis on safeguarding them from harm throughout life.

Meet the Children and Young People Transformation Programme leadership team

  • Executive Lead: Angela Hillery, CEO of NHFT
  • Senior Responsible Officer: Cathi Hadley, Executive Director for Children’s Services, North and West Northamptonshire Councils
  • Vice Chair: Colin Foster, CEO of Northamptonshire Children’s Trust
  • Programme Manager: Emma Corns
  • Clinical Lead: Jo Fletcher
  • Steering Group Chair: Rachel West, Director of Community Healthcare, NHFT

The four pillars: key priorities and personnel

Healthy lifestyle

Working together to help families confidently choose healthy lifestyles. Promoting lifestyles enriched with healthy eating, healthy levels of activity, healthy relationships and free from substance misuse will help our children to thrive throughout their lives. Pillar leads: Louisa Russell, Head of 0f19 Service at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) and Margaret Eni-Olotu, Consultant in Public Health for Children, Oral Health, Maternity and Sexual Health and Public Health Northamptonshire (PHN).

Complex needs

Working to improve the impact of complex needs, including long-term conditions, on children’s health and wellbeing outcomes with a particular focus on looked-after children and care leavers. Taking action to reduce the prevalence of complex needs (including special education needs and disability) and improve the experience of those living with them. Bringing experts together with children, young people and families living with complex needs to plan and evaluate their experience of changes. Pillar lead: Sian Heale, Senior Children and Young People’s Transformation Manager at Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Healthy minds, healthy brains

Empowering children and young people to care for their own wellbeing and access help if and when it is needed. Enabling children, young people and families living with neurodiversity to thrive with good access to family-based support. Ensuring children and families experiencing emotional, wellbeing, mental health and neuro-developmental need are involved in improving services through co-production. Pillar lead: Anwen Goodwin, Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Crisis and Inpatient, Looked-After Children Mental Health and Paediatric Psychology at NHFT.


Creating a ‘no wrong door’ culture in Northamptonshire by supporting our professionals and children, young people and families to navigate services, keeping children’s needs at the forefront of every contact. Developing support for services through co-production to understand how children need them to be, and ensure all stakeholders continue to develop a thriving community together. Pillar lead: Det Supt Dave Lawson, Head of Prevention and Intervention at Northamptonshire Police.