The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Our Research


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) has recruited over 53,000 patients since 2016 into research studies, a 66% increase in research participation since 2016/17. 

In 2018/19 we were ranked as the 4th highest recruiting NHS Trust in the Nation for clinical research.

We have an established reputation as a Centre of Excellence for delivering high quality research and innovation at large scale. We have an enviable track record of working with leading industrial and academic partners to deliver internationally acclaimed research and innovation.  

What is Research? 

Research helps us increase our knowledge about human health and wellbeing. This is so we can:

  • Provide life changing treatments
  • Diagnose diseases earlier or more accurately
  • Prevent people from developing conditions
  • Improve health and care for generations to come
  • Ensure everyone has a better quality of life.

Overall, the aim is to find out whether what is being tested is better than what is currently available. This can include therapies, medicines and services.

Although health professionals already know a great deal, there are still so many questions that need answers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The UK's largest health research funder the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has put together a list of FAQs about health research studies. Click here to read them. 

Real Life Stories 

in 2019 Sheila took part in a Cancer trial at Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, while on the trial she spoke about her experience as part of the 2019 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) #BePartofResearch campaign. 

Sheila's story