Health and Innovation

Leeds is the UK’s first city of health innovation and has a long-standing history in this sector. Our unique health and social care ecosystem encourages collaboration across private, public and voluntary sectors. Hospitals and education establishments. Government departments and tech businesses. Charities and commissions. All working together to improve health outcomes, and all open for conference organisers to tap into a network of experience and skill.

Person holding up a white molecular structure with Leeds health facts in Green an black font. Person holding up a white molecular structure with Leeds health facts in Green an black font.

Leeds has the bold ambition to be the Best City for Health and Wellbeing, where people who are the poorest improve their health the fastest. The city is a major hub for health innovation and home to:

4 of the 5 National health and care bodies including: NHS England, NHS Digital, NHS Leadership Academy and Health Education England

Major local public sector organisations including: Leeds City Council (2nd largest local authority in England by population), NHS Leeds CCG, NHS Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust

A strong private sector – the largest cluster of MedTech businesses in the UK with specialisms in digital health, patient systems, medical devices and health informatics.

A thriving third sector – such as Leeds Cares, Yorkshire Cancer Research and St Gemma’s Hospice which in 2017 became the first formally recognised university teaching hospice in the UK.

Leading Universities – producing world-changing research and innovation including the Centre for Responsive HealthTech Innovation at the University of Leeds.

Leeds is proud of its unique health and social care ecosystem and the exciting collaboration opportunities this presents to make a difference to health outcomes and inclusive economic growth.