East London NHS Foundation Trust (formerly known as East London and The City University Mental Health NHS Trust) was formed in April 2000. The new ELFT brought together mental health services from three community trusts in Tower Hamlets, Newham, The City and Hackney; pooling resources and much of London’s major mental health expertise to become one of the UK’s largest specialist NHS providers. 

Foundation Trust Status

In April 2007 we achieved NHS foundation trust status and are proud to now have over 9000 members. Our members help us keep true to our values and to make sure that our patients’ needs are always at the heart of all that we do. 

Research and University Status

The Trust was awarded university status in recognition of our extensive research and education work. We now have an international research profile thanks to our collaboration with Queen Mary’s, University of London, as The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry.

Based alongside the Newham Centre for Mental Health, the Unit was named a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in 2012, recognising our commitment to mental health services development and health gain for patients through active research. This makes us one of a small network of centres contributing to the European Mental Health Action Plan for international improvements in the field.

Community Health Services Provider

In February 2011, we integrated with community health services in Newham making us a healthcare provider of both mental health and community health services. In 2016, the Trust took over the management of adult community health services in Tower Hamlets, and in April 2018, community services  Bedfordshire. 

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

The Newham Talking Therapies service was established in 2006 and was one of the pilot sites for this new approach to helping people gain access to therapies to support them in getting into employment, whilst addressing personal issues/barrier/obstacle. In June 2012,  we expanded our psychological therapies offering by joining with Richmond Borough Mind to provide The Richmond Wellbeing Service. In October 2018, the Trust added to its IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) portfolio and now manages the Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies service in partnership with Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham.

Learning Disabilities Services

The Trust provides Learning Disabilities services in all areas of the Trust. These services are integrated with the local authorities to meet the health and social needs of the individual and their families. The service aims to help service users  reach their optimum health and develop independence.

Primary Care

In 2020, Leighton Road GP Surgery in Leighton Buzzard and Cauldwell Practice in Bedford, both in Bedfordshire, joined ELFT. They joined our other primary care services in Newham (Transitional GP Practice), Tower Hamlets (Health E1) and Hackney (The Greenhouse) - primary care practices specialising in support for homeless people. 

Key facts
  • We provide a wide range of mental health 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 are the community health services provider in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Bedfordshire
  • We run psychological therapy services in the London Boroughs of Newham, Richmond, Tower Hamlets and  Bedfordshire
  • We run forensic services for the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services in North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.
  • We run Path 2 Recovery (P2R) drug and alcohol support services in Bedfordshire.
  • Our specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit based in Homerton receives referrals from London and the South East.
  • Our services operate from 100 community and inpatient sites and we have over 735 general and specialist inpatient beds. 
  • The Trust's annual income is £508m (£404m for Mental Health and £104m for Community Health).


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