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Spiritual, Religious & Cultural Care

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.


  • One to one visits on wards
  • Groups on wards
  • Acts of worship and rituals from different faith traditions
  • 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:

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

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

Newham Office Phone 020 7540 4380 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