Healthcare and Innovation

Leeds City Region offers a unique health ecosystem, combining local connectivity, nationally and internationally important institutions, and deep collaboration between private, public and voluntary sectors.

National and international leader

With four out of five NHS national offices based in Leeds, including NHS England – the largest single health commissioner in the world – and some of the world’s largest healthcare data platforms – NHS Spine, NHS database, Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), EMIS and TPP – its unrivalled health ecosystem provides opportunities for investment and growth.

This makes Leeds City Region the UK’s leading centre for healthcare and innovation and an international leader in commissioning and delivering integrated health and social care services.

Exceptional talent pool

Leeds City Region offers an exceptional talent pool. Across the region, over 196,000 people are employed in health and science jobs, while the region’s nine universities produce over 15,000 STEM graduates each year. 

It is home to six world-leading life sciences clusters of academic excellence and commercial innovation, operating in the areas of diagnostics and personalised medicine, wound care and regenerative medicine, digital health and telecare, patient systems & health informatics, medical technologies, and drug discovery & pharmaceuticals. 


Leeds City Region also offers the largest concentration of medical device companies in the UK, with a cluster of over 200 different businesses, and accounting for a fifth of all UK digital health technology jobs. 

We believe our health ecosystem is unique for its local connectivity, its national reach with government and the collaboration across private, public and voluntary sectors. It offers a distinctive opportunity to launch and accelerate investor growth ambitions in the UK and beyond.