University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Region served West Midlands
Establishments Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Chair Jacqui Smith
Chief Exec Dame Julie Moore

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust provides adult district general hospital services for South Birmingham as well as specialist treatments for the West Midlands.

The trust operates the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston (QEHB), adjacent to its older namesake and connected to it by a footbridge. QEHB began receiving patients at its Emergency Department on 16 June 2010, and replaced Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital.

On 30 June 2004, the Trust received authorisation to become one of the first NHS Foundation Trusts in England, currently under the leadership of chief executive Dame Julie Moore, who succeeded Mark Britnell.[1] From 2006 to November 2013 the Chair of the Trust was Sir Albert Bore. Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith took over as Chair in December 2013.[2]


In December 2013 it emerged that the Trust was interested in expanding into Primary Care, a proposal which was not welcomed by all the local General Practitioners.[3]

The trust has one of the 11 Genomics Medicines Centres associated with Genomics England which will open across England in February 2014. All the data produced in the 100,000 Genomes project will be made available to drugs companies and researchers to help them create precision drugs for future generations.[4]

It is one of the biggest provider of specialised services in England, which generated an income of £327.7 million in 2014/5.[5]


In December 2013 the Trust was one of thirteen hospital trusts named by Dr Foster Intelligence as having higher than expected mortality indicator scores for the period April 2012 to March 2013 in their Hospital Guide 2013.[6]

In August 2014 the trust wrote to local Clinical Commissioning Groups advising them that it would no longer accept referrals into pain, dermatology and general surgery from GPs outside the boundary of the trust because of capacity problems. The Trust had been forced to fully re-open the former Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which was supposed to be closed after the new site was opened in 2010.[7] In October 2014 Julie Moore called for a major overhaul of financial rules to help popular hospitals cope with the extra demand their reputations attract.[8]

The trust expects to finish 2015-16 with a deficit of more than £31 million as a result of changes to the NHS tariff.[9]

In June 2014 the trust reported that Accident and Emergency Department activity had continued to rise with more than 102,000 attendances, a 4.9% increase over the previous year.[10]

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 7712 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.86%. 82% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 70% recommended it as a place to work.[11]

In March 2016 the Trust's cardiac surgery service was heavily criticised in a Care Quality Commission report, having been identified as a significant mortality outlier when compared to similar services.[12]

In September 2016, the trust was selected by NHS England as one of twelve Global Digital Exemplars.[13]

See also


  1. NHS Foundation Trust website
  2. Jacqui, Smith. "Former MP Jacqui Smith gets top job at QE Hospital". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. "Leading foundation trusts explore moves into primary care". Health Service Journal. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  4. "NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases". BBC News. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  5. "Analysed: The biggest NHS providers of specialised services". Health Service Journal. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  6. "Dr Foster identifies 13 trusts with high mortality ratios". Health Service Journal. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  7. "Concerns over Birmingham hospital's refusal to treat Worcestershire patients". Tewkesbury Admag. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  8. "High profile trust chief calls for funding overhaul". Health Service Journal. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  9. "Rollover tariff trusts expect massive deficits". Health Service Journal. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  10. "Birmingham NHS staff reveal fears about state of the health service". Birmingham Mail. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  11. "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  12. editor, Denis Campbell Health policy (2016-03-08). "Bullying stopped staff reporting heart surgery deaths, says CQC". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  13. "New plans to expand the use of digital technology across the NHS". Department of Health and The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
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