The Trust welcomed 35 new staff in the Tower Hamlets Community Learning Disability Service who transferred to ELFT on 1 February. The Community Learning Disability Service is an integrated team of health staff and social workers who assess and support people who live in Tower Hamlets with a learning disability, their families and carers. They aim to help individuals to be as independent as possible by offering advice, therapy and practical support. Or by directing them to other services that can also help them. The service was previously provided by Barts Health. Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group awarded the contract to ELFT to commence on 1 February.
The service will continue to be based in Beaumont House at Mile End Hospital. The phone number will remain the same and the referral process is unchanged.
The Trust held a Welcome Event for new staff which was an opportunity to hear about the Trust and meet key staff.
Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive of the Trust, said,
"I am delighted to be welcoming the Community Learning Disabilities Service to ELFT. The Trust already provides learning disability services in Newham, Luton and Bedfordshire so there are opportunities to learn from each other and share expertise to benefit people in Tower Hamlets. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with new colleagues who bring different perspectives, knowledge and experience. I hope individual staff will be able to grow professionally, gain new skills and experience, participate in the development of the Trust and contribute to improving the health of local people."
There are changes proposed to the way the service operates. The new contract has a greater focus on the health and wellbeing of patients. The Trust will undertake a consultation process with staff and people who use the service and offer opportunities to meet to discuss proposed changes.