The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Research and Innovation

Leeds showcased to international trade delegation

9 May 2022

Healthtech in Leeds was on show when Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust hosted an international trade delegation from northern Europe and Israel. The event showcased exciting health care innovations being developed at the Trust and explored exciting collaboration opportunities between the visitors and West Yorkshire.

Leeds and Yorkshire are home to some of the most renowned companies in the UK’s emerging digital health sector and this event demonstrated the regions outstanding track record in health research and innovation to the international delegation.  Attendees from companies gained insights on business opportunities that are available in the region, alongside an understanding of the UK’s healthcare market, regional investment opportunities and the role of NHS.

Leeds City Region is considered the healthtech capital of the UK and home to around one-fifth of the UK’s digital health jobs. The City Region has high concentration of knowledge based innovative health sciences organisations. Complementing this are broader healthcare industries and recognised strengths in digital health innovation and manufacturing which mean the region has a vital role to play in the development of the UK’s digital health industry.

The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin said: “I was delighted to welcome delegates from northern Europe and Israel to Leeds and West Yorkshire. I am passionate about supporting the best and brightest ideas of clinicians, academics, and business innovators to make a difference in health and care systems.  The gateway with Israel, Nordic countries and the rest of Europe demonstrates a new way of collaborative working across the health innovation network. It’s something I hope that can be widened across the whole of northern England and with other international markets.” 

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan commented: “I was thrilled to meet people from Israel, Norway and Sweden to Leeds at this event. Leeds will continue to pioneer and develop world leading healthcare products and services to help more people. As a City Council working with other local partners we will continue to support the growth of healthtech sector. We are focussed on reducing health inequalities across Leeds and international partnerships are vital to achieve this.”

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan meets delegates at the event









Dr Phil Wood, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Leeds is a city with big ambitions. The Trust is committed to supporting improvements in healthcare services that will benefit the lives of our patients and the citizens of Leeds. Through working in collaboration across the city with universities, Leeds City Council and health technology businesses we can drive healthcare innovation to improve patient outcomes in diagnosis and treatment. This offers a huge opportunity for companies to establish a base in Leeds and develop solutions that are important for patients and health services.”

At the event, delegates met staff from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals award winning Innovation Pop Up which is based in the Gilbert Scott Building at Leeds General Infirmary. Since its launch in September 2021, the Innovation Pop Up has worked with 150 companies and has successfully engaged with clinicians and entrepreneurs across the globe.

Attendees were able to gain an in depth understanding of the breadth of support available to healthcare businesses and opportunities to work with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and Nexus Leeds.