Working in partnership to improve care
Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and delivers patient care, training and research in partnership with a wide number of bodies.
Within the National Health Service we work in partnership with other NHS Trusts in the region, many of whom refer patients on to us for specialised procedures, and we also have outreach services on their sites as well as sometimes running clinical services - for example renal dialysis units we have outside Leeds.
NHS Primary Care Trusts "commission" our services and fund them on behalf of the patients in their locality, and we are also working with General Practitoners, who are developing much greater involvement in their own commissioning arrangements as national changes to the NHS are introduced.
We also work closely worth with Strategic Health Authorities and the Department of Health, and colleagues in other NHS organisations providing a range of services from ambulance transport to the supplies we need on a daily basis.
As one of the national leaders in training students in medical, nursing, dental and associated careers we have a strong partnership with the University of Leeds as well as other universities in the city and across the region.
Links with Leeds City Council are also very strong on a wide range of fronts, particularly with regard to working together to ensure continuing care for patients who are leaving hospital but need support in the community. We also work closely with the Council on education, career development, economic and commercial development and regulation, as their Scrutiny of Health Committees have an important role in overseeing our services and ensuring they are accountable.
We also work very closely wide a wide range of partners in the voluntary, independent and private sector, ranging from charities to commercial organisations who help run some of our services and buildings.