About the Trust

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides the widest range of children’s health services for young patients from Birmingham the West Midlands and beyond, with over 240,000 patient visits every year.

We are a nationally designated specialist centre for epilepsy surgery and a trauma centre for the West Midlands, a national transplant centre, and a centre of excellence for complex heart conditions, the treatment of burns, cancer, and liver and kidney disease. We also have one of the largest Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the country with a dedicated Eating Disorder Unit and Acute Assessment Unit for regional referrals of children and young people with the most serious problems (Tier 4).

Our hospital is home to:

  • 354 beds across 22 wards at Steelhouse Lane and our Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) site at Parkview
  • 34 specialties (including liver transplant surgery, cardiac surgery, burns, major trauma, craniofacial surgery, blood and marrow transplantation, specialised respiratory and dermatology, neurology, cystic fibrosis, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • 11 Nationally Commissioned Services
  • 12 theatres (including our Hybrid and Laparoscopic theatres)
  • £3.7m 3T MRI scanner which supports pioneering research into brain tumours in children
  • 150,000 outpatient visits a year
  • 50,000 Emergency Department patients a year
  • 39,000 inpatient admissions to hospital each year
  • 61 parent and family accommodation rooms – the largest facility in Europe
  • KIDS regional emergency transport service
  • Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
  • 26 bedded PICU (to increase to 31 next year)
  • £220m annual income
  • 3,330 staff


As one of the UK’s leading paediatric teaching centres we go to great lengths to target, teach, nurture and develop the skills of our present and future workforce, to enable access to training and education and to foster life-long learning. Our aim is that all staff are appropriately equipped and qualified for the work they do and continue to learn and develop in their time with us. We continually examine our practice and look at ways to innovate and improve the service we all deliver so that our children, young people and families receive a first-class service.


Research is a fundamental part of what we do at the hospital and we are leading the way with pioneering international research into:

  • Childhood cancer
  • Inherited metabolic disorders / rare diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Infection, inflammation and immunity
  • Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
  • Drug use in children
  • Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Infant neuroblastoma
  • Infant brain tumours


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