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North East London NHS Foundation Trust

NELFT provides an extensive range of integrated community and mental health services for people living in the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest and community health services for people living in the south west Essex areas of Basildon, Brentwood and Thurrock. They provide an Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service for children and young people across the whole of Essex, and are the provider of all age eating disorder services and child and adolescent mental health services across Kent and Medway. Find out more about NELFT here.

Staff and service users are being recruited from NELFT for the Randomised Controlled Trial in WP4, and will be recruited from NELFT for the Process Evaluation in WP5.

Meet the Research Team

Dr Elisa Aguirre (Principal Investigator)

Panarai Ford (Researcher)

Panarai joined the TACK research team in November 2020 in her current role as a Clinical Studies Officer at NELFT, before this she worked in other clinical research settings and inpatient mental health units. Panarai is a psychology graduate and has a master’s degree in clinical and developmental neuropsychology, hoping to one day pursue an academic career researching symptoms of mental illness in the brain. Panarai has 5 cats with her (human) partner, and believes that, when it comes to cats, the limit does not exist!

Panarai Ford (Researcher)


Theodora Mircea (Research Assistant/Clinical Studies Officer)