Collaborations and Partnerships

Our collaborative research takes several forms from small research projects jointly undertaken with external organisations, the development of clinical academic units, patient led innovation and through to knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs). 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

KTPs  are amongst the world’s leading initiatives established 31 years ago to enable UK businesses of all sizes from all types of industry, including healthcare, to take advantage of the wide range of expertise and knowledge available in UK universities.  Each partnership employs one or more high calibre researchers for a project lasting one to three years, generating and transferring the knowledge into the organisation. Each researcher is supported by an academic framework from the University and works in the organisation on the project, which is chosen by the organisation and core to the strategic development of the business or service. Through the relationship developed with organisations through KTPs, the university is also provided with a relevant and improved understanding of the challenges health and social care organisations encounter, and their business requirements and operations.

Academic Unit for Musculoskeletal Nursing

Academic Unit for Musculoskeletal Nursing (ACUMeN) is an innovative collaboration between the School of Healthcare and the Academic Section of Musculoskeletal Disease in the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust. The primary aim of the unit is to generate, apply and disseminate knowledge for the improvement of nursing practice and outcomes, within the specific area of musculoskeletal nursing. The work of the Unit is patient centred and firmly rooted in practice. As a collaborative programme it has 3 integrated domains; education, practice and research, which work together to enhance practice and service improvement.

Patient Led Innovation

PLI has its roots in an established programme of patient led teaching with students at the University of Leeds, called Patient Voice. The success of this initiative in regards to the value for patients and the impact it has had for medical students subsequently inspired the programme of Patient led Innovation work with industry and the NHS. It is grounded in the following principles:

  • The patient should benefit first – a moral imperative that drives our philosophical approach to working with patients and ensures that our activity is designed to be done with and for the patient and not to them.
  • Mutual respect is a key principle that drives our work through both what we say and what we do and underpins the quality of the relationship that we have with the patients that we work with.
  • We broker and manage the relationship between patients and industry and the NHS
  • Multi-sector partnership working that facilitates a richer level of understanding of the real value that comes from understanding, respecting and responding to different perspectives.

We aim to fast-track innovation to improve people's health and social wellbeing and we do this by starting with the qualitative experience of patients and how innovation in product or service delivery can make a difference to their lives. We take patients and carers through a learning journey exercise, and channel the energies of patients, engineers, designer and other industry bodies into product development. Our starting point is the patient and their everyday experience of living with a condition, living with carers, their experience of home and community care, and how they interact with their immediate environments.

Network Activities

The School of Healthcare actively encourages interaction between health and social care professionals, students and academics to share knowledge, experience and to learn from each other.  Hosting conferences, individual and team participation in national and international conferences and attending professional network events is a vital part of our commitment to supporting improvement in health and social care practice. 
Recent examples of network activities include:

  • Hosting the 2012 International Philosophy of Nursing Conference
  • Hosting the 2012 Caring in Custody Conference
  • Hosting the 2012 International Mixed Methods Conference 
  • Hosting an annual student research conference 
  • Presentations at over 40 national and international conferences presenting our research and scholarship