The workforce with strength in diversity

In 2000, three community trusts merged to become East London NHS Foundation Trust, a large specialist mental health trust. Since then its remit and geographical area has expanded and it has come to reflect one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the country.

East London NHS Foundation Trust serves one of the most culturally diverse parts of the country, with half of its population made up of black and minority ethnic (BME) people and more than 100 languages spoken in the borough of Newham alone.

‘I’ve worked in London all my life, but the difference here is the extent of the diversity. It’s more mixed than anywhere else,’ says the trust’s director of nursing, Jonathan Warren, who was appointed in 2010.

East London NHS Foundation Trust director of nursing Jonathan Warren and deputy chief executive Navina Evans

Picture credit: Tim George

Formed in 2000, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) brought together mental health services from three community trusts in Tower Hamlets, Newham, The City and Hackney to become a large specialist mental health trust. Since then, its remit has broadened to encompass community health. Its geographical area has


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