The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Record-Breaking Year for Health Research Participation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

2 July 2019

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), has broken its health research participation record having recruited just short of 21,000 people in health research studies during 2018/19.

League table results released today (02/07/2019) by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), show that LTHT was the 4th highest ranked NHS Trust for health research recruitment, recruiting 20,983 people in 2018/19. The trust ranked 8th in the number of research studies recruited to, in the last financial year, supporting 453 studies.  The Trust was the top NHS Trust in Yorkshire and the Humber for recruitment across all studies.

The results see a 66% increase in health research participation at LTHT since 2016/17 (12,582).

Dr Jacqueline Andrews, Director of Research and Innovation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The results announced today are a tremendous achievement for all the hard working Research and Innovation teams and patients who have contributed to health research recruitment over the last 12 months.

“In the next year we will open a new 18 bed state of the art Clinical Research Facility at the St James’ University Hospital site to further increase dedicated research facilities in the city.

“Furthermore, our refreshed 5 year Research Strategy will focus on enabling our staff to be the most research engaged in the country to ensure our patients receive every opportunity to take part in leading edge health research.

“I would like to thank all those who took part in health research at Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2018/19”


 L-R: Dr Jacqueline Andrews, Director of Research and Innovation, Chris Herbert, Director of Operations: Research and Innovation, Linda Pollard, Trust Chair, Julian Hartley, Chief Executive and Heather Iles-Smith, Head of Nursing: Research and Innovation.

Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network says: “It’s been a fantastic year for health and care research across England, with 100% of trusts supporting research studies, providing patients with more opportunities than ever before to take part in vital research which improves future treatment and care. 

"There’s a growing body of evidence which suggests that research-active hospitals have lower mortality rates, and better patient outcomes, so the NIHR Clinical Research Network will continue to work closely with the NHS organisations to ensure that research continues to be offered to people as part of quality patient care. 

"The number of patients taking part in research this year is a significant step towards meeting the NHS Long Term Plan, of one million people being registered as interested in taking part in research by 2024.  I would like to thank all those hard working NHS staff who are supporting the delivery of research in addition to their clinical duties, as we could not achieve these results without you.”

To find out about current research studies open to recruitment at LTHT please visit,