The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Research and Innovation

Fujitsu, Intel partnership to advance digital skillset in Leeds hospitals

8 November 2023

Fujitsu Intel formally announces a new collaboration with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) Innovation Pop Up, with support from Leeds Hospitals Charity, to develop its role as an advanced digital skills hub and support the spread and adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), coding and other advanced digital skills amongst the workforce.

Led by LTHT’s Chief Scientific Officer, Professor David Brettle, the Trust’s Innovation Pop Up is the front door for digital and health tech companies to work with the NHS.

Putting an enhanced focus on collaboration as part of its longer-term aim to develop an Innovation Village, the combined investment will enable the Trust’s Innovation Pop Up to provide staff and growing members with a range of enhanced facilities. This includes the provision of a new hotdesking area and bespoke furniture. Set in the historic Grade I listed Gilbert Scott building, staff and Pop Up members can access a vibrant new space with new equipment and digital software to trial and test new technologies and applications before they are adopted in our hospitals. In addition, the Innovation Pop Up will support an ongoing programme of advanced digital skills events and training for staff. The new advanced skills programme will complement the Trust’s existing Education and Training curriculum to improve digital literacy and core computer skills.

LTHT Chief Scientific Officer, Professor David Brettle, commented, “The healthcare sector is changing through the increasing use of digital applications and AI, especially in diagnosis and treatment planning. It’s important that we improve the digital literacy of our workforce and, therefore, the overall quality of care we deliver to our patients.

This first of its kind initiative - with Fujitsu, Intel and Leeds Hospitals Charity - means we can now help provide advanced digital training to our teams and partners. We can directly support colleagues who have an interest in, or professional development need for, learning coding or applying artificial intelligence, for example.”

Ricky Patel, Head of Healthcare at Fujitsu said: “At Fujitsu, driving a culture of digitalisation to better society is ingrained in our DNA, that’s why we are delighted to be working in collaboration with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to provide a platform to break down barriers to technology, improve digital literacy to spark innovation and research, ultimately improving both the patient and healthcare professional experience”

NHS Account lead at Intel, Jason Holtom said, "Intel is proud to be partnering with Fujitsu UK to help empower NHS workers through combining their specialized skills to treat patients and save lives combined with modern IT infrastructure, harnessing Data and AI to reduce treatment pathways, innovations in Smart Hospitals, and precision medicine for better care and quality of life.

The Fujitsu Healthcare innovation hub is a commitment aligned to our mission to use Intel technology to help inspire, innovate, and move humanity forward. This program also acknowledges the importance of NHS workers as the people using technology to help shape the future of Healthcare."

Rebecca Baldaro Booth, Head of Grants at Leeds Hospitals Charity said: “I’m delighted that Leeds Hospitals Charity have been able to support the redevelopment of the Innovation Pop Up.

It’s been incredible to see how the Pop Up is empowering NHS staff to develop their digital skills and using new technology to provide patients with the best possible care. Our charity’s core values include working together to transform lives, and this partnership at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is an excellent example of this in action, working together to support innovation and helping staff transform the lives of future generations of patients.”

This new initiative with both Fujitsu and Intel represents the beginning of the next phase of the Pop Up’s innovation ambitions to become an Innovation Village. Since launching the Innovation Pop Up in 2021, as part of LTHT’s Building the Leeds Way programme with support from Leeds Hospitals Charity, the Innovation Pop Up has worked across 15 countries with technology businesses and entrepreneurs, turning new ideas and emerging innovations into real world healthcare solutions.

The Innovation Pop Up at the heart of what is set to be the Innovation Village. This is a key site in the Leeds Innovation Arc which will bring direct and wider economic benefits of almost £13billion in net present value to the city, along with around 4,000 jobs and 520 new homes.

At the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) site, Building the Leeds Way will build:

· a new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital

· a new adult hospital

· a new single-site maternity and neonatal unit

The programme recently saw the completion of a new state of the art build for a new regional Centre for Laboratory Medicine at St James University Hospital.