About Us

Becoming renowned as the best integrated care organisation in the NHS

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is an integrated care organisation. We are dedicated to improving the lives of local people, to maintaining an outstanding reputation for teaching and education, and to embedding innovation and research.

We employ around 7,200 people and spend around £430m of public money, largely drawn from our local Clinical Commissioning Group. That Group and this Trust is responsible for the care of 530,000 local people from across North-West Birmingham and all the towns within Sandwell.

Our teams are committed to providing compassionate, high quality care from City Hospital on Birmingham’s Dudley Road, from Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich, and from our intermediate care hubs at Rowley Regis and at Leasowes in Smethwick (which is also our stand-alone Birth Centre’s base).

The Trust includes the Birmingham and Midland Eye  Centre (a supra-regional eye hospital), as well as the Pan-Birmingham Gynae-Cancer Centre, our Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre, and the regional base for the National Poisons Information Service – all based at City.

Inpatient paediatrics, most general surgery, and our stroke specialist centre are located at Sandwell. We have significant academic departments in cardiology, rheumatology, ophthalmology, and neurology.

Our community teams deliver care across Sandwell providing integrated services in GP practices and at home, and offering both general and specialist home care for adults, in nursing homes and hospice locations.

Our new hospital – the Midland Met – is currently under construction and will be open in 2019. It is located on Grove Lane, on the Smethwick border with west Birmingham.

We are a key partner in efforts to change the shape of care in our area.

Our intention is to provide substantially more care at home and rely less on acute hospitals. We aim to move 350,000 appointments out of traditional settings and close a further 20 per cent of our hospital beds, as we have safely closed 25 per cent over the last ten years.

Whilst most of the programme involves investment in GP surgeries and health centres, we still plan to relocate our acute care into a single purpose built hospital – the Midland Met. The new hospital will act as a major employment opportunity for local people and is part of a wider scheme to develop the area adjacent to the site.

Our training and education team are outward facing in sourcing the workforce we need for the long-term. We have a very active programme of apprentices and school experience joint working. We have a partnership with Sandwell University Technical College and more widely work closely with Birmingham City University, Wolverhampton University, Birmingham and Aston Universities.

The Learning Works is our community-based recruitment and training resource. The Trust Board is committed to developing ever more consistent links into our local communities, working with voluntary sector, faith, and grassroots organisations. The development of our governing body and the expansion plans we have for our charitable foundation will also reinforce this work.

Over the next decade we will make major investments in three areas: In the skills and training or our workforce; in the technology we use to both care for and communicate with patients and partners; and in our estate – in part through our plan to build the Midland Met Hospital to rationalise acute care.

Over the last year:

  • 5,954 babies were born at our Trust.
  • There were 199,437 patient attendances plus 33,265attendances seen under GP triage at our emergency departments with over 38,994 people admitted for a hospital stay.
  • 45,950 day case procedures were carried out.
  • 526,945 patients were seen in our outpatient departments.
  • Over 650,000 patients were seen by community staff.

 

Committed to public health and local regeneration

We are a key partner in efforts to change the shape of care in our area.  The ‘Right Care, Right Here’ partnership has now run for 10 years.  Our intention is to provide substantially more care at home and rely less on acute hospitals.  Whilst most of the programme involves investment in GP surgeries and health centres, we will relocate our acute care to the Midland Met Hospital. A site on Grove Lane in Smethwick has been purchased for this purpose, following public consultation in 2006.  Our plans were approved in 2014-15 and we will open our new facility in 2019.  Midland Met will act as a major employment opportunity for local people and is part of a wider scheme to develop the area adjacent to the site.

Our training and education team are outward facing in sourcing the workforce we need for the long-term.  We have a very active programme of apprentices and school experience joint working.  We are partners in the Sandwell University Technical College development.  More widely we work closely with Birmingham City University, Wolverhampton University, Birmingham and Aston Universities.  The Learning Works is our community-based recruitment and training resource.

The Trust Board is committed to developing ever more consistent links into our local communities, working with voluntary sector, faith, and grassroots organisations.  The development of our governing body and the expansion plans we have for our charitable foundation will also reinforce this work.

Investing in the future

Each year we spend around £25 million on new equipment and expanding services.  This is generated by the savings we make in how we provide care. This includes consistently meeting NHS-wide efficiency requirements.  We report financial results annually and typically target a surplus of around 1.5 per cent of turnover, which we re-invest in patient care.  Over the next decade we will make major investments in three areas:  In the skills and training of our workforce; in the technology we use to both care for and communicate with patients and partners; and in our estate – in part through our plan to build the Midland Metropolitan Hospital to rationalise acute care.