The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Emergency Medicine Research launches

Monday 7th August 2017

Clinical trials are incredibly important for establishing new knowledge that could lead to improving the effectiveness of how patients are treated and cared for.

We have many research teams across the Trust who conduct clinical trials to bring about better treatment for our patients.

The Emergency Department clinical research team have recently relaunched themselves as Leeds Emergency Medicine Research (LEMeR). The team held an event in the Emergency Department (ED) at the LGI last week, where they handed out branded water bottles to medical staff.


LEMeR intend this to be the start of a planned expansion that will raise the profile of the team’s work and help lead the way in further research opportunities across the Trust.

Working between St James’s and the LGI the team cover diverse specialities with projects ranging from bleeding on the brain to ankle sprains. LEMeR currently has 4 ongoing clinical trials - including researching the link between sprained ankles and osteoarthritis.

The research team was started two years ago in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Since then the team have gone from strength to strength, and are now the 6th highest recruiter of patients for clinical trials at LTHT.

The team work very closely with other Trust research teams thanks in large part to their award-winning “Big Front Door” initiative. This means any patients passing through Accident and Emergency who are eligible for clinical trials elsewhere can be identified for potential referral. A group of research link nurses work 24 hours a day to identify patients suitable for taking part in these studies.

LEMeR sits at the centre of research across Yorkshire and is the leading research team out of 16 EDs in the region. The future looks even brighter for the team, who will be moving into new trauma research from the Autumn, further collaborations with other departments in the Trust, and with other services nationally and internationally.

LEMeR will soon be recruiting for a band 6 research nurse, so if that sounds like you, keep an eye on NHS Jobs over the coming month.