About the Trust

Who we are and what we do

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 270,000 patient visits every year.

We are a nationally designated specialist centre for epilepsy surgery and a trauma centre for the West Midlands; a national liver and small bowel transplant centre; a centre of excellence for complex heart conditions, the treatment of burns, cancer and liver and kidney disease; and we 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).

Facts and stats:

  • 270,600 patient visits a year
  • 361 beds
  • 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
  • 13 theatres (including our Hybrid and Laparoscopic theatres)
  • £3.7m 3T MRI scanner which supports pioneering research into brain tumours in children
  • 174,343 outpatient visits a year
  • 53,106 Emergency Department patients a year
  • 43,151 inpatient admissions to hospital each year
  • 61 room parent and family accommodation
  • KIDS regional emergency transport service
  • Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
  • 31 bedded PICU – the largest in the UK
  • £251m annual income
  • 3,700 staff


As one of the UK’s leading paediatric teaching centres we go to great lengths to identify, 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 during their time with us. We continually examine our practise 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
  • 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

Our Mission

To provide outstanding care and treatment to all children and young people who choose and need to use our services, and to share and spread new knowledge and practice, so we are always at the forefront of what is possible.

Our Vision

To be the leading provider of healthcare for children and young people, giving them care and support – whatever treatment they need – in a hospital without walls.

Eligibility and selection

Our Patient Eligibility and Selection criteria is as follows:

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust if they are:

ordinarily resident in the UK

or: overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011, as amended in 2012 (see informationcommissioner.gov.uk/ for further details)

and: a child or young person

What do we treat?

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