The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

About Us

Partnerships and collaboration

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Collaboration is key to our success. Developing strong partnerships helps to ensure we share best practice and adopt the latest innovations, which will make the most positive impact in our hospitals. This helps us build our reputation as a world class healthcare provider and provide the very best care for all of our patients.

We work closely with our local partners to provide seamless care services

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.

Local Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England commission our services and fund them on behalf of the patients in their locality.

We also work closely worth with 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're also part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT) a collaboration of six NHS trusts who deliver acute hospital services to 2.6 million people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

WYAAT is part of the wider West Yorkshire and Harrogate and Care Partnership and gives a strong consistent voice within the Partnership.   Its vision is to provide a region-wide efficient and sustainable healthcare system that uses innovation and best practice to benefit patients.

Working together helps the trusts deliver the best possible experience and outcomes for their patients – one of the main reasons why WYAAT exists.



We also work closely with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation and many partner charities on fundraising, research projects, delivery of care and sharing learning. Our wide range of partners in the voluntary, independent and private sector help to contribute to the development of the trust and services we deliver.

Our most recent charitable partnership sees us opening Yorkshire's first Maggie's centre at St James's University Hospital. Maggie's provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.

Leeds is one of 14 'pioneer' health and social care economies leading the way for health and care reform. Our organisation plays a pivotal role in driving this work forward and improving integrated care for our patients.


Our long-standing expertise in cancer treatment attracted interest from the prestigious King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between us which formally recognises joint working, sharing knowledge, training and educational exchanges and commissioning agreements. This is a mutually beneficial collaboration as the King Hussein Cancer Center prepares to undergo a large expansion programme with the opening of a new wing.

We are actively looking to develop new international partnerships to build our reputation as a world class healthcare provider

Building on this platform, we have developed further international partnerships and frequently host, attend and speak at world leading healthcare conferences. We also welcome visitors to our hospitals to showcase our ground-breaking work and facilities.

An initial contract with the Ministry for Health in Malta to train medical physicists has been highly successful. We have recently signed an additional contract for this, as well as a nurse training programme. Both are vital to the development of a new cancer hospital in Malta. Our expert scientists and technicians will also be commissioning three of the LINAC radiotherapy machines at the new hospital. This will involve a multi-disciplinary team from the Trust working at the Maltese hospital for a number of months.