The Department of Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Care recognises the importance of cultural and spiritual needs of the Trust's service users and the influence of these needs on their mental health. We provide a range of support to assist people during their recovery and to maintain wellbeing.

Services Provided

One to one visits on wards

Groups on wards

Acts of worship and rituals from different faith traditions

Connection of service users to their faith communities

Linking service users to their faith communities

Celebration of festivals

Provision of religious texts and materials

Individual spiritual needs assessment linked to the Care Programme Approach

Monthly liaison meetings with staff

Recovery College Courses

Support to Community Teams and clients

Spirituality & Recovery Peer Support Groups

Collaboration with community groups and projects

Needs lead staff training to colleagues and trainees

Support to staff

Inpatient: We prioritise working on wards in response to referrals as access to community resources and contacts for these clients may be limited. 

Community: We also receive referrals from community colleagues. We aim to at least offer support and consultation to staff and where resources allow, work alongside our colleagues to offer support directly to ELFT community clients.

Please send all referrals and enquiry emails to the team address which is received by all staff:

elft.SpiritualCare@nhs.net

(Please ensure you detail your team/location, client details and needs)

For enquiries about Spirituality & Recovery Peer Support Groups only please email: 

elft.SpiritualPeer@nhs.net 

Newham Office Phone 020 7540 4389 ext. 2006/2007

Tower Hamlets Office Phone 020 8121 5006/5007

City & Hackney Forensic Services Office Phone 020 8510 8050

Luton & Bedfordshire No office at present 

Team Staff

Dr Nigel Copsey, Spiritual Care Co-ordinator & Team Leader

Satyin Taylor, Deputy Team Leader/Buddhist Coordinator

Raphael Ogwuda-Zernoff, Spiritual Care Coordinator 

Imam Qamruz Miah, Muslim Coordinator

Jusna Begum, Muslim Co-ordinator

Revd. John Sakutombo, Christian Co-ordinator

Sister Christina Birmingham, Christian Co-ordinator

Revd. Stephen Chandler, Christian Co-ordinator

Revd. John Ngure, Spiritual Care Co-ordinator

Mary Ellen Coyte, Spiritual Care Co-ordinator

Dovid Segelman, Jewish Co-ordinator

Download a copy of the Faith Calendar 2020 by clicking on this link:

The Faith Calendar 2020

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