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East London NHS Foundation Trust

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides a wide range of 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. Find out more about ELFT here.

TACK's central team run the project from the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, a joint endeavor by Queen Mary University of London and East London NHS Foundation Trust. The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry conducts research on social interactions ('what happens between people') in mental health care, including developing and evaluating innovative interventions, with a leading role in wide international collaborations. It is also involved in teaching, and the evaluation and improvement of services.

Staff and service users were recruited from ELFT for the exploratory study in WP2, and the feasibility trial in WP3.

Meet the Research Team

Dr Victoria Bird (Principal Investigator)

Dr Philip McNamee (TACK Programme Manager)

Philip is a postdoctoral researcher who's interests centre on complex, psychosocial health intervention development, as well as the associated methods for developing, testing & implementing such interventions in healthcare. He gained his PhD in Health Sciences in 2016 and is currently the programme manager and trial co-ordinator for the TACK programme. In addition to this he also oversees the ongoing technical developments of DIALOG+ across all projects that use it.

Dr Philip McNamee (TACK Programme Manager)


Aleksandra Matanov (Researcher)


Lauren Jerome (Researcher)

Lauren is a psychology graduate who has previously worked in research at the University of Manchester, and in the Clinical Trials Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, before joining TACK in April 2020. In her free time Lauren enjoys reading, pilates, and walking on Hampstead Heath.

Lauren Jerome (Researcher)