Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget
Employees 17000
Chair Linda Pollard
Chief Executive Julian Hartley
Website Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Care Quality Commission reports CQC

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is an NHS trust in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

Patient Catering display June 2013

The Trust was formed in April 1998 after the merger of two previous smaller NHS trusts to form one citywide organisation. The former trusts were United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (based at Leeds General Infirmary) and St James's & Seacroft University Hospitals NHS Trust (based at St James's University Hospital).


It provides services for the population of Leeds and surrounding areas, and is a regional centre for a range of services including cancer, neurosurgery, heart surgery, liver and kidney transplantation. In 2009 it was the largest NHS trust in England,[1] employing over 17,000 staff on six main sites.

It runs six hospitals:

The Trust has had difficulty gaining Foundation Trust status because of failures to hit key financial and performance targets which caused the Chief Executive Maggie Boyle to resign in June 2013.[2]

It is the biggest provider of specialised services in England, which generated an income of £415.3 million in 2014/5.[3]


Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/

In October 2013 as a result of the Keogh Review the Trust was put into the highest risk category by the Care Quality Commission.[4]

The Trust was highlighted by NHS England as having 3 of the 148 reported never events in the period from April to September 2013.[5]

The trust was one of five to benefit from a five-year, £12.5m programme announced by Jeremy Hunt in July 2015 to bring in Virginia Mason Medical Center to assist English hospitals using their clinical engagement and culture tools including the Patient Safety Alert System and electronic dashboard. Hunt said “The achievements at Virginia Mason over the past decade are truly inspirational and I’m delighted they will now help NHS staff to learn the lessons that made their hospital one of the safest in the world – patients will see real benefits as a result.” [6]

In April 2016 it was reported that the trust had been forced to cancel liver transplant operations because of a shortage of critical care nurses.[7]

The trust renegotiated the private finance initiative for the Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital in May 2017 and expects to save £52 million over the life of the contract.[8]

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  1. ^ "Superbug screening for patients". BBC News. 30 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Hospitals chief to go after trust misses key targets". Yorkshire Post. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Analysed: The biggest NHS providers of specialised services". Health Service Journal. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ "NHS Trusts put in risk categories - full list". Independent. London. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ "NHS reveals 'never event' figures". Sheffield Star. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  6. ^ "US corporation brought in to help improve five trusts". Nursing Times. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Transplants axed and wards closed amid trust's nurse shortage". Health Service Journal. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Trust gets £10m boost from PFI refinancing deal". Health Service Journal. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.

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