The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

New innovation film shows the power technology has to transform patient treatment and care

15 May 2023

A new short film showcases how Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is pioneering new technologies to improve treatment and care for patients.

Made by the independent production company Tell Studio, the five-minute feature is being premiered at UKREiiF, the UK real estate and infrastructure investment forum taking place this week.

The film centres on the success of the Trust’s Innovation Pop Up, which was established in 2021 to provide a front door for innovators to collaborate with the NHS.  It is an area where companies can connect and work collaboratively with the Trust’s clinicians and innovation team, to transform the latest advances in science, research, and technology into real-world solutions.

The film shows some of the health technologies that are being trialled and tested in the Trust’s hospitals to help enhance patient treatment and care. One of the projects featured is being led by BBC 2 Saving Lives in Leeds star and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon Mr Ryan Mathew. His immersive technology project investigates the use of virtual and mixed reality headsets in the education and rehabilitation of patients undergoing brain surgery – to speed up recovery and empower their journey.   

Mr Ryan Mathew, Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Associate Professor at the University of Leeds, said: “Treating patients quickly and safely, before returning them home with a better quality of life is fundamentally what we want – and this is where technology has a critical role to play.” 

Professor David Brettle, Chief Scientific Officer at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, commented: “This film helps to show the human side of health technology and how it can positively impact both staff and patients. Here in Leeds, we are working with companies to explore how new advances in technology and digital healthcare can help staff deliver better care, allow patients to make more informed decisions and open up new methods of treatment, which will ultimately save lives.”

The Innovation Pop Up is the first phase in establishing an Innovation Village at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and is proving to be valuable test bed for new innovations, technologies, and ways of working before they are implemented in the planned new hospitals at Leeds General Infirmary. It is part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme and commitment to build 40 hospitals before 2030.