Our purpose is:
“To improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Leeds by engaging academic capabilities in education and research with the health and social care system across the city in order to speed up the adoption of research and innovation. And to help attract inward investment and raise the national and international profile and reputation of the city and our member organisations.
Or, put simply:
Innovation through collaboration
We aim to:
- Improve service quality and efficiency. We look for ways to deliver services which are safer, higher quality and provide patients with a better experience overall, and at lower cost to the taxpayer.
- Reduce health inequalities. Everyone should have the same chance to lead a healthy life, no matter who they are, where they live or what their circumstances. We look for ways to reduce long-standing health inequalities in our communities.
- Create wealth to improve health. We support inclusive economic growth. We look for ways to increase social mobility and drive inward investment into Leeds, growing partnerships with industry, creating more and better jobs. This is key to improving people’s long-term health and wellbeing.
We’re achieving our aims by developing:
One Leeds workforce
In an unprecedented approach, we’re developing ‘one Leeds workforce’ across the health and care sector.
The vision is that through a pioneering Health and Care Academy, around 57,000 staff will have the best skills founded upon the best research and evidence, to care for and empower the people of Leeds.
Personalised medicine and health
We’ve established the Leeds Centre for Personalised Medicine and Health, enabling Leeds people to benefit from the latest innovations, treatments and technologies.
Personalised medicine is about moving away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the treatment and care of people with particular health conditions.
It harnesses technological and medical advances to enable more informed decision making so that therapies can be carefully targeted for each person. That means their health condition can be prevented, managed or treated in an individual or ‘personalised’ way specific to their needs.
As this means we can identify a person’s likelihood of developing a disease, we can then better understand how they can to care for themselves and potentially prevent it developing.
Information and technology
Harnessing the power of data, information and cutting-edge technology, we’re:
- exploring the potential of the Leeds Care Record. Built on outstanding collaboration and connectivity across the whole local health and care sector this secure, virtual health and social care record connects the data of more than 3/4 of a million people to their GP, hospital, mental health, community, hospices and social care services. Used by more than 5,000 clinical and care staff, it is helping them provide people with safer care that is better coordinated, more accurate and more efficient.
- exploring ideas for applying artificial intelligence (AI) to transform health and care, such as in medical devices, surgical procedures and smart drug delivery devices
- supporting the adoption of new technologies to enable people to play a greater part in their own self-care and interact in new ways with health and care professionals
- working with the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics, to connect world class academic data research and analysis with innovation which responds to local community needs.
A culture of health and care innovation
We’re working across the health and care system to develop a culture which prioritises and facilitates the adoption and spread of innovation.
Find out more about our work.