Research and Innovation

Keith RamsayOur ambition is to expand the opportunity for research participation for patients and staff, including as many departments as possible to broaden inclusion for our population. Research is central to the NHS and an important part of the care we offer patients at Mid Yorkshire.

Keith Ramsay, Chairman, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust has launched its updated strategic plan called 'Striving for Excellence 2017-2021'. The strategy sets out ambitious plans and priorities for the Trust to achieve. Objective 6 of our Strategic Plan is to...Provide Excellent Research, Development and Innovation opportunities. This means the Trust will...

  • Make it easy for staff to present ideas and innovations
  • Work with academic and healthcare organisations to explore and support appropriate research partnerships to improve our care
  • Encourage a culture that promotes the development of and engagement in research
  • Develop funded research activity and maximise research income


What does the research team do?

We work with patients, universities, industry and others to take the best new ideas from cutting-edge science, and use them to create new tests and treatments that benefit patients more quickly.

Research means turning promising ideas or interesting theories into real benefits for Mid Yorkshire’s patients and members of the local community. We conduct research into common diseases that affect large numbers of people acknowledged as global health challenges, such as respiratory and cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. We also conduct research into rare conditions which affect individuals and families.

The Trust currently has more than 200 research projects running, ranging from testing new surgical devices or drugs, to studies aimed at helping us to improve our understanding of many health issues.

There are more than 40 members of staff supporting research. These include Research Nurses, Clinical Trials Assistants and staff in pathology, pharmacy and radiology.

However, research projects cannot get started without the participation of one key group of people, our patients. We rely heavily on the 800,000 patients we treat every year to volunteer to take part in research projects. This arrangement is mutually beneficial, it is good for the Trust (we get to see how new treatments work in practice), and it is exciting for our patients (they benefit from ground-breaking treatments earlier than they would otherwise)

You can view our five year Research and Innovation strategy here Research strategy 2019-2023 and check our performance here>>> to see how we are making our Trust research friendly.



If you want to discuss your research ideas you can contact the research office on 01924 543772 or email