Applications are now CLOSED. 

Proposals should aim to develop a new way of doing something that could enhance patient experience or outcomes.

Leeds Hospitals Charity is making funding available to support innovation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The maximum grant available is £10,000 and we are looking for a range of projects and initiatives of varying value from £75 to £10,000 that will have a direct impact on patients treated and cared for at Leeds Teaching Hospitals within the next 5 years.

We’re interested in receiving applications that relate to a new way of doing something that has the potential to enhance patient experience or patient outcomes. This could include developing your own idea for a piece of software, a piece of equipment or evaluating a new technology or innovation within clinical practice. 

Proposals that have the potential for wider implementation across several specialties, CSUs and/or patient groups are welcomed.  

We will prioritise projects that seek to tackle and reduce health inequalities. Health inequalities are causing significant challenges for patients here in Leeds and mean NHS teams are having to think about new approaches to improve overall patient experiences and outcomes including earlier diagnosis, increased accessibility or enhanced and shorter treatment models.

We’re particularly interested in projects that focus on reducing inequalities in the following areas:

  • Women’s health 
  • Children
  • Cancer
  • Older people 
  • End of life care 
  • Mental health 
  • Cardiovascular 
  • Transplantation 

We would also like you to consider how your proposal aligns with Leeds Teaching Hospitals 7 Commitments for 2024/25.

Examples of recent innovation projects include: 

We hosted an information webinar via MS Teams on Wednesday 22 May 2024 where there was an opportunity to ask questions.You can watch the session on our YouTube channel:

Click here to download the slides


Key Dates: 

Applications are now CLOSED. 

Application Process

We encourage you to read our funding opportunity guidance before applying, to find out more.

Innovation in Healthcare Guidance

1. Eligibility

We welcome applications for the Innovation in Healthcare Grant Opportunity from staff employed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals or who holding a relevant honorary contract.

2. Idea

We encourage potential applicants to attend the webinar on Wednesday 22 May 2024 (a recording will be shared for those who can’t attend) and discuss their idea with their Line Manager and the Grant Funding team before preparing any paperwork. We also advise that you begin all relevant LTHT processes. before applying to the Charity (e.g. Liaison with Corporate Planning, Medical Physics, Information Technology)

3. Relevance

We encourage applicants to consider how the proposal aligns with the criteria set out in the Innovation in Healthcare grant funding opportunity guidance including how the Small Grants Panel intend to score applications. For this grant opportunity we want to understand how the new approach or idea will improve the overall experiences and outcomes for patients in the short term and over the next five years.

4. Make an application

Applications will open on Monday 13 May 2024 

Deadline for applications against the Innovation in Healthcare grant opportunity is Friday 21 June 2024.

Applications are now CLOSED. 

5. Review & Decision

 Applications will be reviewed by the Charity’s Small Grants Panel with input from LTHT stakeholders and advisors. For this grant round the Panel will meet on Wednesday 10 July 2024.

6. Monitoring & Evaluation

All successful applicants will be required to complete a Monitoring & Evaluation form and share with the Charity the impact of grant funding through case studies, blogs and news stories.

Find out more about the projects we have funded

If you still have questions after reading the guidance, please contact the Grants Team on 0113 539 7091 or email [email protected]