About us

We are a small but mighty team based across Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

In October 2022 we published a new three-year strategy. Our main objective is to develop and deliver high quality research for the communities we serve. ‘Success’ is more high-quality research delivered across a broad range of service areas. Our objective will be delivered by:

  • developing a skilled research workforce,
  • creating a culture of research being core business,
  • actively engaging a network of key stakeholders,
  • influencing national and regional agendas, and
  • effectively disseminating outputs and impacts of research.

Want to know more? Read it in full.

Annual Research Forum

Our flagship Annual Research Forum is one of the highlights of our year.

Its an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the outcomes of projects carried out in the previous year(s) and to share details of new research.

Our Research Forum 2023 takes place on 16 March is now taking bookings and expressions of interest for poster displays. Find out more on our Events Page.

The 2022 Annual Research Forum showcased the fantastic research work completed by our Trust and academic staff. A range of delegates from disciplines including nurses, allied health professionals (AHPs), psychologists, academics, researchers and psychiatrists attended the event which was held at thestudio, Leeds on Thursday 31 March 2022.

The event was opened by Max Henderson, Research and Development Clinical Lead, who celebrated the achievements of the past year. He highlighted how the Trust has performed through challenging circumstances in the climate over the last year and emphasised how important National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio research is.

Seven presentations covered a wide range of topics and included a mix of study outcomes and future research priorities. Outcomes included sharing the early findings of the projects that the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (COMIC) Team have been working on (which are currently embargoed).

We looked at the progress of the Fresh Start study, seeing how we can improve the support offered by the NHS to people who self-harm. There were a couple of excellent dementia studies, NIDUS and EMBED-Care, presented by our colleagues at University College London and North East London NHS Foundation Trust. The event also saw three parallel interactive workshops covering patient and public involvement in research, embedding research into your career development and optimising recruitment into research project.

Want the highlights? Check out this short video.

If you are on Twitter you can follow us and check out our Twitter moment for all of the comments, quotes and photos from the event.

Presentation videos

Click on the links below to watch videos of the presentations on YouTube.

Community-based Behavioural Activation Training (ComBAT) for Depression in Adolescents – Presented by Lucy Tindall and Emily Hayward, University of York.

Fresh Start – Seeking to improve the support offered by the NHS to people who self-harm – Presented by Mat Harrison, LYPFT.

Fresh Start – Seeking to improve the support offered by the NHS to people who self-harm – Presented by Else Guthrie, LYPFT.

Fresh Start – Seeking to improve the support offered by the NHS to people who self-harm –Presented by Nav Kapur, University of Manchester.

Why Mental Health staff should get involved in research – Presented by Wendy Burn, LYPFT.   Parkinson’s study – Presented by George Crowther, LYPFT.

New psychosocial intervention to support Independence in Dementia (NIDUS) programme: an update on our NIDUS-family and NIDUS-professional trials – Presented by Claudia Cooper, University College London.

Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care (EMBED-Care) programme: what we have learnt so far – Presented by Professor Liz Sampson, East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Innovation Magazine

We publish a quarterly magazine called Innovation for staff and stakeholders.

Read the latest edition: January 2023

Archive of past year’s editions:

October 2022

July 2022

April 2022

January 2022

Annual Report

Our Annual Report sets out our achievements in building the Trust’s reputation for high quality research.

Read our Annual Report for 2021/22.


Below is a spreadsheet containing all publications involving the Trust.

Full list of publications – as at Feb 2023

This list is updated every six months to ensure it is as up-to-date as possible.

The list contains a link to the abstract, if you would like to read the full article you may be able to do this through Open Athens or by contacting Library and Knowledge Services.

Our performance in clinical research

The government monitors the performance of research conducted at our Trust through the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and this forms part of our contract with the DoH. We publish information on our performance in both initiating and delivering clinical research, such as clinical trials or interventional research. Our performance is monitored against two national benchmarks:

  1. Initiating clinical research For this benchmark we report on recruitment to clinical trials, namely whether we have hit the 70-day benchmark for recruiting our first service user onto a trial.
  2. Delivering clinical research For this benchmark we report on recruitment to commercial clinical trials, namely whether we have recruited our targeted number of participants, within our targeted time frame.

We report on these benchmarks every quarter and our latest reports are available on the National Institute For Health Research Submission Portal.

How we use your information

As an NHS organisation we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained.

To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible. We will honour choices expressed through the National Data Opt-Out Programme, to prevent use of patient data for planning and research purposes.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can contact our Data Protection Officer at Informationgovernance.lypft@nhs.net.

For more information on how your information may be used for research read our patient data and research leaflet.

There are separate arrangements in place for the use of patient data in the research study Clinical Characterisation Protocol for Severe Emerging Infection.

Partnership with Akrivia Health

The Trust is entering a new partnership with Akrivia Health, helping to harness the information held within patients’ electronic records. Akrivia Health are leaders in processing of mental health data and have the largest set of real-world data in neuroscience. This partnership will help to streamline processes within service evaluation, auditing and research and development.

Read more about this on another page of our website.