ELFT Provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people,adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond,  Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet and specialist addiction services in Redbridge.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient services serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust recently acquired community services in Tower Hamlets, including the Foot Health service, Continence service, Occupational Therapy and District Nursing


We care | We respect | We are inclusive

Originally formed in 2000, ELFT has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental health care, innovation and improvement. Our ambition is to make a positive difference by providing people with mental and community health care services that support their recovery. And help them to achieve the most fulfilling lives possible. Everything we do is driven by our values of care, respect and inclusivity. Our patients’ needs matter most and we are constantly working to improve our support for all who use and have contact with our services. Our extensive research approach, commitment to education and emphasis on quality means we are at the forefront of excellence in mental health care. 

Award Winning Services

This has helped lead to a number of pioneering health solutions and our recognition as Trust of the Year at the Patient Safety Awards 2015, and winner of the Staff Engagement Award at the Health Service Journal awards in 2015.

In September 2016, the Trust was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission and in November 2016, we received the Health Service Journal's Provider Trust of the Year Award.

Our Patch

Wherever patients receive our services and from whichever team, our values of care, respect and inclusivity underpin all that we do. We were first established as a mental health trust to cover East London, but have been broadening our remit for some time. Our core area includes City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets and, Bedfordshire and Luton (since April 2015). We also deliver numerous services to many other people further afield. They include specialist services in north east London, Hertfordshire and Essex; psychological therapies in Richmond; specialist addiction services in Redbridge, children and young people's speech and language therapy in Barnet and an award-winning specialist mother and baby psychiatric unit in Homerton that receives referrals from all across the south east.

Our Staff | Estate | Population

Our 5,000 staff, the heart of our operation, provide £353 million worth of services from over 100 community and inpatient sites. We never stand still and over £12 million is being spent in the current year alone to improve the environment and facilities for our patients, their carers and families. Our East London population totals around 750,000 and we are proud to serve one of the most culturally diverse parts of the UK. Our recent move into Bedfordshire and Luton means that we are now responsible for a further 630,000 people’s mental health care needs.

Our Services

You can see the full range of our services in the directory, but in brief the services we provide cover the following areas. Wherever possible our aim is to provide people with alternatives to hospital admission so that they can receive their care close to home, while remaining as independent as possible.  We have:

  • Assertive outreach services 
  • Community mental health teams
  • Forensic services
  • Home treatment teams
  • Inpatient mental health services 
  • Primary health care services for homeless people in Tower Hamlets and Hackney 
  • Psychological therapies
  • Rehabilitation teams
  • Specialist community health services in Newham (health visiting, district nursing, physiotherapy, diabetes care and end of life care)
  • Community services in Tower Hamlets ( foot Health, continence, occupational therapy and district nursing)
    Speech and language therapy for children in Barnet
    Telehealth care
  • Virtual wards in Newham (providing more intensive support to people in their own homes).
  • Community Services Newham 
  • Community Services Bedfordshire 

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