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. 

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. 

The Trust was awarded university status in recognition of our extensive research and education work. We now have international research profile thanks to our collaboration with Queen Mary’s, University of London, as The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry. Based at 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.In February 2011 we integrated with community health services in Newham making us a healthcare provider of both mental health and community health services. The following year in June we expanded our psychological therapies offering by joining with Richmond Borough Mind to provide The Richmond Wellbeing Service. Most recently the Trust acquired community services in Tower Hamlets and Bedfordshire. 

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 Borough of Richmond, Bedfordshire and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • In 2014/15 our annual income was around £300 million.

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