Leeds City Region gears up to deliver faster healthcare innovation


Leaders from the healthtech industry, the regional enterprise partnership, the NHS, local authorities, and five universities have launched new partnership to accelerate health technology innovation.

Partners have signed a memorandum of understanding to drive forward new approaches in improving patient and population health and care through better and faster healthtech innovation.

The move also aims to accelerate the region’s productivity and economic growth in the sector, which is seeing an unprecedented rise across the UK and globally.

As the UK’s largest economic region outside of London, the Leeds City Region already has a world-leading concentration of excellence in healthtech. It is home to

  • more than 250 healthtech businesses
  • 200 digital and technology businesses operating in the health and care sector
  • leading centres of academic excellence in research and innovation, and
  • West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, the third largest integrated health and care partnership in the country.

The new MoU was arranged and prepared by Leeds Academic Health Partnership, one of the biggest partnerships of its kind in the UK.

Signatories include

  • The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI)
  • West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership
  • Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Leeds
  • University of York

In signing the MoU, all partners have agreed to work together to drive economic growth and improve health outcomes and service efficiency by:

  1. finding personalised and community-based healthtech solutions that help the people of the Leeds City Region to live healthier lives for longer, particularly those living in identified priority neighbourhoods
  2. sharing insights into what citizens and patients in the Leeds City Region need, to determine what the priorities should be for health and care services and industry. Together, all partners will then work together on agreed priority themes that meet citizens’ needs
  3. driving inward investment in healthtech in the region to support economic growth which is inclusive, benefiting all communities.

Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Leeds, John Fisher, who led the production of the Leeds City Region SIA, said:  “This MoU signals an important step towards embracing the opportunities and realising the ambitions set out in the Government’s Industrial Strategy. It paves the way for us to reduce fragmentation, further harness expertise and capability and radically strengthen the Leeds City Region’s position as a leading global player in healthtech.

“Each partner will play their part in helping address and overcome the barriers to innovation.  By working together in a new, focussed and coordinated way, we will accelerate radical improvements in patient care, health service efficiency and drive economic growth and productivity across the region and the UK.”