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Here in Leeds we work as a partnership between the University of Leeds, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and the National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NIHR) when it comes to our approach to research. We also approach our patient and public involvement/engagement (PPIE) in research this way. On our page you will find PPIE opportunities in the Leeds city area covering a number of condition areas including, but certainly not limited to musculoskeletal (conditions affecting the joints e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis), cardiovascular (conditions affecting the heart), and cancer. As well as this you will find opportunities relating to medical technologies and testing/diagnosis.

The way we conduct activities will vary, some will take place online and some will take place in-person. This means that not all our activities are limited to the people living in the Leeds city area. We’re keen to meet your access needs, so if you would rather a more one-to-one approach we can conduct activities via phone or email. Just get in touch!

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the activities that our individual partners offer, please get in touch with Amy Rebane on [email protected]

Leeds Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Leeds Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is hosted by Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in collaboration with the University of Leeds.

Leeds Clinical Research Facility carries out high quality early stage and experimental clinical trials to help new treatments and tests reach patients more quickly.

Our core funding comes from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and we work with industry, research councils and charities to run over 100 early stage, experimental or complex trials each year.

We provide a welcoming, professional and safe environment for patients taking part in our trials, supported by clinical services within Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Patients and the public play a key role in our research, not only as participants, but also helping us in shaping the direction of our work and in the design of research initiated in Leeds.

Our CRF covers a wide range of disease specialties, including neuroscience and gastroenterology, but we have particular expertise and a strong track-record in:

NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

The NIHR Leeds BRC is hosted at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in partnership with the University of Leeds. The two institutions are brought together through a formal research framework agreement. Through this agreement, the NIHR Leeds BRC has developed an outstanding reputation for translating basic biomedical research into innovative clinical practice and improved patient care. The Leeds Partnership is internationally recognised in musculoskeletal (MSK - conditions affecting the joints, bones, muscles and spine e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus) research which is a priority area for both organisations. The following facilities support MSK research in Leeds including a gait lab, MRI and ultrasound machines, labs to test and develop joint replacements and labs to explore biological factors relating to MSK disease.

NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative (MIC)

The NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative (MIC) supports the development of medical technologies in the fields of colorectal, vascular, hepatopancreaticobiliary (liver, gall bladder and pancreas) and neurosurgery to improve healthcare and quality of life for patients.

We aim to ensure that technological innovation is focussed on patient and clinical needs from an early stage.  We are proud to work with members of the public across all of our themes and at all levels, helping to ensure that our research is grounded in issues that matter to patients and society.  Our public members not only help steer and govern our work but they also help with additional input such as presenting our findings at conferences and helping us to develop our website and newsletter. By public involvement we mean an active partnership between the public and researchers in the research process, not simply people being the subjects of research.

We are hosted by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, the second biggest healthcare provider in the UK, working closely with the University of Leeds, a leading UK University with strengths in biomedical research. 

Recovery After Bowel Surgery

Eleven people from across the United Kingdom took part in a focus group. This was held in Leeds at the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative National Meeting. The focus group had two aims. The first was to find out what aspects of recovery after surgery are most important to patients. This will help researchers to design the content of future information resources. The second aim was to explore how and when the information should be provided. This will help to avoid situations where patients feel overburdened.

The focus group ignited lively discussion from participants who had very diverse experiences. It was fantastic to hear real-life perspectives from people who were enthusiastic about improving care for others in the future. Both positive and negative insights were shared and key areas for improvement were identified. It became clear that collaboration between patients, healthcare professionals, and information design specialists would be essential for designing new and effective resources in the future.

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Meet the Team

Alexa Ruppertsberg

Head of Public Engagement with Research, University of Leeds

Amy Rebane

Patient and Public Involvement/Engagement Manager, NIHR Leeds BRC

Holly Schofield

Senior Portfolio Coordinator, Leeds Clinical Research Facility & Public Involvement Adviser for NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire & Humber Region

Julie Corrigan

Leeds Clinical Research Facility Operations Manager and Leeds CRF PPIEP Lead

Roxana Dumitrache

Project Manager, Surgical MedTech Co-operative

Sheila Boyes

Project Manager, Surgical MedTech Co-operative

Vee Mapunde

Programme Manager, Surgical MedTech Co-operative