East London NHS Foundation Trust, Luton and Bedfordshire

East London NHS Foundation Trust provides a wide range of mental health, community health, and inpatient services to young people, working age adults, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. We provide mental health and wellbeing services in Bedfordshire and Luton.

Our 5,500 staff, the heart of our operation, provide £390 million worth of services from over 100 community and inpatient sites.  Our East London population totals around 750,000 and we are proud to serve one of the most culturally diverse parts of the UK. In Bedfordshire and Luton, we are now responsible for a further 630,000 people’s mental health and community health (Bedfordshire only) care needs.


Research Team

Kurt Buhagiar (Principal Investigator)



Jade Donaghy (Research Assistant)

Jade Donaghy graduated in Theatre Studies at Roehampton University, then completed a Masters conversion course in Psychology at London South Bank University.

She has been working for the East London Foundation Trust for over three years, and recently started her first research assistant post with the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, in 2019. Jade has worked therapeutically in a rage of settings, including community teams, inpatient wards and forensic services.

Her interests are clinical psychology, research in social psychiatry and eating disorders.






Diana Romei (Research Assistant)

Diana Romei completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Educational Psychology and Clinical Psychodynamic Psychology in Italy, a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice at University College London and is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Children and Young People IAPT Therapy (CBT Practitioner module) at King’s College London, whilst working as a part-time Research Assistant on the SCENE project.

Diana’s clinical experience extends to different settings with several client groups, such as older adults, adults with learning disabilities and/or psychosis, children and young people in both inpatient and community services and their parents, supporting them with parenting when challenging behaviours are displayed.

Diana's interest in the SCENE project is due to the emphasis on the social aspects to improving quality of life, which is linked to her interest in the themes of social constructivism. Diana is also enthusiastic about early intervention/prevention in mental health and is currently collaborating to a doctoral research project exploring the relationship between pupils’ psychological wellbeing and their academic achievement, in order to better understand how schools can nurture children in both the cognitive and socio-emotional senses.