Research is central to the Trust’s work: Achieving excellence in our research is one of the Trust’s objectives. It strengthens the Trust’s profile and underpins its future development.

The main aim of our research is to contribute to the evidence base in our field leading to improvements of mental health care locally in East London and world-wide. Thus our research has to be of high quality and recognized on an international level. We are proud to that we have been a centre of excellence for mental health research for many years. 

The Trust’s Research Strategy| is overseen by the Research Strategy Committee|.

Four successful groups spearhead research at East London NHS Foundation Trust:

Management of Long-Term Conditions|, led by Dr Kathleen Mulligan
Mental Health Nursing|, led by Prof. Alan Simpson
Social and Community Psychiatry|, led by Prof. Stefan Priebe and
Violence Prevention|, led by Prof. Jeremy Coid.

Since 2007, these groups have been awarded more than £15m competitive research funding from the Department of Health, European Union, Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, and the Wellcome Trust.

The Trust supports a wide range of research activities. Most activities are conducted in collaboration with the academic partners at - Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London, and City University London.

A significant part of the research is conducted in international collaboration with a range of academic partners, mainly but not exclusively in Europe.

WHO Collaborating Centre

In November 2012 the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry was designated a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre. The Unit is the only WHO Collaborating Centre specifically for 'mental health services development' in the world.  It is one of a small network of selected centres that are involved in writing the European Mental Health Action Plan.

The Unit is supported both by the Trust and Queen Mary, University of London. It is based at the Trust's Newham Centre for Mental Health.

                         Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry team

                                   WHO Collaborating Centre: Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry