Leeds health and care research excellence
21 May 2024

Leeds health and care research excellence

Leeds’ health and care research is world-leading.   

Its three main universities each cover multidisciplinary, complementary research.   

Its £40 million National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) infrastructure includes several world-leading centres of excellence, and its three NHS trusts are all research active. They include Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the biggest in the UK, producing internationally acclaimed research and innovation.  

And, as home to the world’s first Academic Unit of Palliative Care, Leeds is a national exemplar in this field.  

But when it comes to advancing healthcare, what is research excellence, who defines it and what is Leeds doing to continually raise the bar?  

In our following spotlight series, we explore groundbreaking activities which set new, exemplary standards in making research everyone’s business for everyone’s benefit, especially for those most in need.  

We highlight nationally important research which sees unconventional partnerships between diverse groups across children, academia, healthcare, members of the public and politicians to address some of the hardest health challenges. 

We investigate how and why Leeds is building bridges to become a ‘city of research’, including why a leading university is placing senior academic researchers in diverse settings.  

And we hear how Leeds is leading the way in strengthening its public engagement to ensure people from its most diverse and underserved communities are involved in research.  

In part one, we look at how one of Leeds’ world-leading centres of research excellence is transforming care for people with long term health conditions. And we see how its new approach to researcher recruitment is attracting a more diverse cohort, to better represent the city’s diverse communities. 

Read part one here.