What is a Foundation Trust?

We became North East London NHS Foundation Trust on 1 June 2008.

Being a Foundation Trust means that we work slightly differently from other NHS organisations. We are still firmly part of the NHS, and are subject to the same standards and inspection frameworks as all other NHS Trusts, but we have greater freedoms in how we use our resources to improve facilities for patient care. Through our Council of Governors and our membership, local people can have a greater say in how their local health services are run.

Join us and have your say

We continually strive to ensure that those who use our services and their families and carers are fully involved in our decision making. Becoming a member of NELFT is a great way for you to learn more about what we do, have your say and have a direct influence on the decisions we take.

Find out more about being a member of NELFT: Trust membership

Our Governors

Our Governors provide an 'ear and voice' for our Foundation Trust members, ensuring that their views are heard and their opinions on the future delivery and development of services influence the NELFT Board's decisions.

Find out more about being a Governor of NELFT: Council of Governors

We can come to you

If you are a member of a community group or club and would like us to come and talk to your members about our Foundation Trust, we would be happy to do so. Please contact membership@nelft.nhs.uk or call 0300 555 1201

Our History

2009: Community Health Services

In July 2009, NELFT started to provide some community-based family health services, when NHS Barking and Dagenham contracted the management of their community health services. This change has come about because the Government wants primary care trusts to focus on their main role of commissioning services and leading the NHS in their area.

Since becoming a Foundation Trust, we have strived to provide even better, more diverse care, and to further develop and deliver the local services that our communities want and need. The opportunity to host community health services in Barking & Dagenham is seen as a big step towards achieving this. Physical health problems and mental health issues are often connected, and one can often affect the other. By recognising this, and working together to treat all aspects of a person’s health, we can offer the type of holistic care that will bring real benefits to people in our communities.

2008: Becoming a Foundation Trust

We became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 June 2008.

Before June 2008, our Trust was called North East London Mental Health Trust.

2001: North East London Mental Health Trust

NELMHT was formed in 2001, when the mental health services that had previously been provided by several other NHS organisations were combined into one specialist mental health trust.