Thanks to a generous gift in a Will, we were able to offer a pot of £100,000 for Innovation Grants. Any member of staff from Leeds Teaching Hospitals was able to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 for an innovation project.

We convened a joint Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Leeds Hospitals Charity group to review and score the applications in early January, and we’re thrilled to be able to share some of the 11 successful projects with you.


HoloHuman App

The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy team will be using the HoloHuman app to enhance the training of physiotherapists within the Trust. Face to face teaching has been limited during the pandemic, and HoloHuman will support by allowing students to access an interactive 3D holographic skeleton which users can access remotely. Through using this app, students and clinicians will have a greater depth of knowledge than 2D images or traditional case studies offer, this will enable them to deliver a higher standard of care, better patient education and increased confidence in their own knowledge. It is also an innovative way of educating others that has the potential to put Leeds Teaching Hospitals in the spotlight for advancing technology enhanced learning.


MS research

A multi-disciplinary team of dentists and neurologists from Leeds Teaching Hospitals, led by Joshua Twigg, will be conducting research into whether oral health can be a simple, quick, cost effective and painless way to track the progression of Multiple Sclerosis, and possibly even to predict relapses. This is a pivotally important feasibility study limited to working with 20 patients with relapsing-remitting MS.


Training tools for conduitoscopy

 Mr Chandra Shekhar Biyani, Consultant Urologist, has been awarded funding to create a 3D simulation model of a bowel with connected ureter and kidneys as a training tool for conduitoscopy. Conduitoscopy requires very specific surgical skills, which necessitate frequent training and practice, and there is currently no way to practice these skills outside of actual surgeries. This model will provide a new way to practice this uncommon and difficult skill in a controlled environment.


Stroke Funding Opportunity 

Thanks to a generous gift in a Will, we have a new funding opportunity, with available £475,000 to support stroke and stroke-related research at Leeds Teaching Hospitals that will have tangible benefit for patients treated in Leeds within the next 10 years.

We’re interested in receiving applications for stroke and stroke-related research that can have an enduring benefit for patients treated and cared for in Leeds.

For example, this could be research into: 

  • Stroke prevention (e.g., smoking cessation, preventing high blood pressure, preventing Type 2 diabetes) 
  • The links between health inequalities and stroke 
  • Long term conditions caused by stroke 
  • New treatments and interventions for stroke patients


Find out more and apply