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Date: 21 February 2018
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is one of the highest performing NHS organisations in Europe with a proven international reputation for its quality of care, information technology, clinical education and training and research.
UHB is a regional centre for cancer, has the second largest renal dialysis programme in the UK and has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe. It also provides a series of highly specialist cardiac and liver services and is a major specialist centre for burns and plastic surgery.
The Trust is also a regional Neuroscience and Major Trauma Centre and is world-renowned for its trauma care. The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM), hosted by UHB, has, since 2001 been the primary receiving unit for all military patients that are injured overseas. This combined experience of treating trauma patients and military casualties has led to the development of pioneering surgical techniques in the management of ballistic and blast injuries, including bespoke surgical solutions for previously unseen injuries. As such it has been designated as a Level 1 Trauma Centre and host of the UK’s only National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC).
The Trust employs over 9,000 staff and is the largest single site hospital in the country. The £545m Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) opened in 2010 and has 1,213 inpatient beds, 32 operating theatres and a 100-bed critical care unit, the largest co-located critical care unit in the world. Since the hospital opened the Trust has seen significant growth in demand by patients and GPs for its services and consequently has opened a further 170 beds in the original Queen Elizabeth Hospital, now known as the Heritage Building, as well as a second Ambulatory Care facility and two theatres, to ensure capacity for the increase in the number of patients wishing to be treated at the Trust.
During 2015/16 the Trust has continued to focus on its vision ‘to deliver the best in care’. This is underpinned by the Trust’s values of honesty, innovation, respect; and responsibility, and core purposes of excellent clinical quality, patient experience, workforce, and research and innovation.
In 2015 the Trust established the West Midlands Genomics Medicine Centre, in partnership with the University of Birmingham as part of the national 100,000 Genomes project to transform diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases. In July, as part of Birmingham Health Partners, the Trust opened the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM), a new world class clinical research facility located in the Heritage Building (the former Queen Elizabeth Hospital). The ITM will help to transfer the very latest scientific research findings from the University of Birmingham into enhanced treatments for patients. Alongside the ITM the Trust has established a Centre for Rare Diseases.
In August 2015 the Trust launched an innovative sexual health service for Birmingham and Solihull, having been awarded a five-year contract as lead provider by Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Working in partnership with the third sector, GPs and pharmacies, Umbrella will deliver better access to services and better outcomes to the people of Birmingham and Solihull.
In recent years the Trust has been increasingly acknowledged as one of the most successful NHS foundation trusts and the Trust has therefore been asked to provide management support to a number of other trusts, for example supporting George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust to leave special measures within a year and is presently supporting Monitor with an intervention in Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to improve its clinical, financial and operational position, most notably by sharing its Chief Executive and Chair who have been appointed Acting Chief Executive and Acting Chair since October and November 2015 respectively.
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