At any given point in time there are more than 60 research studies actively seeking to recruit participants from the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

To find out about ongoing and completed research, please download the 

List of Studies

and search for what interests you.  Each study lists the name of the Trust clinician supporting the study as well as that of the Chief Investigator and their email addresses.

There are different ways to filter the results of the list.

'Yes' in the column headed 'Led by ELFT':
Studies that are initiated and led by Trust staff members and honorary appointees. Often the Trust provides financial support and/or acts as formal sponsor.

'Yes' in the column headed 'NIHR Portfolio?':
Studies that are on the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Portfolio In England. Tthe Department of Health has determined that studies (clinical trials and other well designed studies which involve the NHS) that are funded by NIHR, other areas of Government, and NIHR non-commercial Partners are automatically eligible to be included in the Portfolio.

NIHR Partners are those organizations that:

  • award research funds as a result of open competition across England with high quality peer review
  • fund research that is of clear value to the NHS take account of DH and NHS priorities and needs in their research funding strategies.

In addition other studies, such as commercially sponsored studies or those with industry funding which are led by an academic investigator may be considered for inclusion in the Portfolio by undergoing an adoption process.

You can also filter the results to see

  • those studies that are clinical trials,
  • those that are commercially funded, or
  • those studies led by students fulfilling a thesis requirement.

Column headed 'Clinical Field'
Studies recruiting in a particular service, e.g. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Mental Health Care for Older People, Community Health Newham, etc.


Patient information and health and care research

As an NHS organisation we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study we are sponsoring, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Our Data Protection Officer is Chris Kitchener, Associate Director of Governance and Risk, and you can contact her at 

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