Partners and Network

Our Strategic Partners

LTHT LogoLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT): serves over a million patients a year, with an annual budget of £1bn and over 15,000 staff. The Trust provides secondary and tertiary specialist services to 770,000 people living in Leeds and a wider regional population of 2.6 million. It is the second largest healthcare provider in the UK with a state-of-the art cancer facility (St James’s Institute of Oncology) and world-leading musculoskeletal unit (Chapel Allerton Hospital).


University of Leeds LogoThe University of Leeds (UoL) is one of the UK’s largest universities with 32,000 students and an annual research spend of >£200m; approximately half in biomedical research. The impact of Leeds’s research in Medicine and Health was rated the highest in the UK outside London, Oxford and Cambridge. Clinical strengths are underpinned by academic excellence in structural biology, engineering, health economics, psychology and health services research.


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Royal College of Surgeons LogoRoyal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Engl.) is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance patient care. It supports 20,000 members in the UK and internationally by improving their skills and knowledge, facilitating research and developing policy and guidance. It works in partnership with the surgical specialty associations (e.g. ACPGB&I, VSGB&I, AUGIS) to provide ‘on the ground’ leadership and support. It hosts the RCS STEP (Surgical Technology Evaluation Portal), linked to NOCRI and the RCS Surgical Clinical Trials programme.


YH AHSN LogoThe Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YH-AHSN) was set up to create significant improvements in the health of the population by reducing service variability and improving patient experience. It supports new products and services that have the potential to transform lives by becoming part of routine clinical practice, and economic growth through inward investment projects. The YH-AHSN is a strategic partner on the Surgical Test Bed to facilitate rapid and affordable clinical evaluation of new surgical technologies.


Medilink UK brings together the health technology industry, the NHS and technology providers at a regional level, to fast track new product development and improve patient care. With eight offices across the UK and over 1,500 members (reach 48,000) it is the largest representative body for the health technology sector.







The Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) focuses on early-stage regenerative device technologies that need to demonstrate proof of concept before obtaining industrial investment. With >80 collaborating partners, it has progressed >75 projects (including projects with HTC Colorectal Therapies) and tracked >£110M of private sector investments.




Colostomy Association (CA): is the UK’s largest stoma charity that campaigns to improve the lives of 120,000 people in the UK living with a stoma. With the assistance of 23,000 supporters it is able to affect change both locally and nationally and achieve its mission of enabling everyone affected by stoma surgery to live life to their full potential.






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