Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Location:  West Midlands, United Kingdom
  • Core Values:  Patient Safety and Quality of Care, Innovation and Research
  • Size:  Three hospitals, Specialist Intermediate Care Centre, Supra-regional Eye Hospital
  • Specialties:  Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre, National Poisons Information Service, Behçet’s Syndrome National Centre of Excellence

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Our new hospital – the Midland Met – opening in 2022


About Us

Harnessing ambition, investment, commitment and the contribution of our people, our vision is to be the UK’s best integrated care provider by 2020. We’re already on our way to achieving this. We’ve trebled our training budget, enhanced the way we recognise our people and are constructing career pathway frameworks. Our people have names, they have voices, they have a family here. As we create greater levels of service integration, we know where we’re going and we know we won’t get there alone. That’s why we want you to join us.

Dr Bishwajeet Elangbam, Consultant in Emergency Medicine talks about training


Our Trust

First, let us tell you what we’re building on. It’s a firm foundation, of which we’re very proud. We are an integrated care organisation with an outstanding reputation for teaching, education, research and innovation. Our 6,600 staff are here for 530,000 local people when they need us. City Hospital in Birmingham is home to the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and our Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre. It’s also the regional base for the National Poisons Information Service. At Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich, you’ll find inpatient, paediatrics, most general surgery and our stroke specialist centre. At the Trust, we also have significant academic departments in cardiology, rheumatology, ophthalmology and neurology. We have intermediate care hubs at Rowley Regis and at Leasowes in Smethwick. Our community teams throughout Sandwell provide integrated services for children in schools, GP practices and at home. They also offer both general and specialist home care for adults in hospices and nursing homes. In 2022, we will open the brand new Midland Metropolitan Hospital - the perfect demonstration of our vision for the future. And we are investing in far more than buildings. We are dedicated to investing in you. It matters to us that you enjoy the training, support and opportunities you need to fulfil your total potential and build the career you really want. We’ll make that happen by trebling our training budget. We’ve developed new career path frameworks and new ways to recognise your achievements. Because you’re part of our family, we want the best for you. Our organisation has nine care promises that reflect how we expect each other to treat patients, visitors and colleagues. We know these promises embody our caring ethos because they were developed by our own frontline staff. These are our promises: I will… … make you feel welcome
… make time to listen to you
… be polite, courteous and respectful
… keep you informed and explain what is happening
… admit to mistakes and do all I can to put them right
… value your point of view
… be caring and kind
… keep you involved
… go the extra mile

Dr Asif Naveed, Consultant in Emergency Medicine talks about choosing a role at SWBH


Education and Training

SWBH Trust firmly believes that effective education, learning and development makes a major contribution to the provision of a committed and competent workforce that are focused on delivering safe and effective patient care. The Trust takes learning seriously, clearly demonstrated by the protected investment in the development of our colleagues. The Trust Board and senior leaders of the Trust understand that by investing in a high quality workforce, who live our values and demonstrate patient focused behaviours every day, we will enable high quality care to be delivered to our patients which; in its turn will positively affect health outcomes in our communities. With this in mind we have invested £2.4million in the refurbishment of our Education Centre at Sandwell Hospital. Boasting two fully kitted out clinical skills labs and 13 further meeting and conference rooms, and home to our comprehensive library, our Education Centre is pivotal to the providing the focus on learning that, as a teaching hospital we are renowned for. Operating across two main acute hospital sites, video conferencing and live streaming technical capabilities are important tools to ensure we communicate efficiently in this tech savvy age. We are partnered with Birmingham Medical School, so attract a number of FY1 doctors from there, however, increasingly are seeing applications from further afield, across England and even overseas. The Trust has established a CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration)  programme which enables our middle grades in Emergency Medicine to undertake structured placements in Acute Medicine, Critical Care and Paediatrics  to facilitate progression to the GMC Specialist Registrar.

Dr David Carruthers, Medical Director talks about education and training


Research and Development: a jewel in SWBH’s crown

SWBH has a long and proud track record of delivering world class research that has made a real difference to the quality and safety of care provided to patients locally, nationally and internationally.  The Trust was the recipient of the West Midlands Clinical Research Network’s award for outstanding overall performance in 2017-18. The Trust has an ambitious R&D plan, fully supported by the Trust Board, to continue to develop R&D with a focus on a range of domains including:
  • Increasing the internationally recognised excellence of our research portfolio.
  • Increasing the breadth of our clinical research portfolio and the range of health care professionals contributing to it.
Researchers at the Trust have the full support of the Trust’s R&D department and its large and highly motivated team of research nurses, clinical trials practitioners and data coordinators and well as its research management and governance team.

Professor Karim Raza talks about our reputation for world class research


Staff Benefits

We are delighted to bring you Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust local offers.  Our Employee Benefits team work with national retailers and local businesses to set up exclusive discounts for our staff so that they can make significant savings as well as being a responsible employer who supports the local economy. Our  package of benefits and rewards reflect how much we value our staff:
  • On-site Nursery
  • Salary sacrifice schemes including : Childcare voucher , Cycle to Work, Car Benefits, Smart Phones and Home Technology Schemes
  • Discounted travel passes
  • On-site  Gyms  - 24/7 Access
  • Exercise initiatives and subsidised exercise classes
  • Consultant led Occupational Health Service
  • Chiropody and physiotherapy – self referral basis
  • Counselling
  • Smoking Cessation programme - free access to our services to help you quit
  • Financial Seminars
  • Free Will Writing Service
  • 14% discount on premium memberships including joint and family memberships with local  Leisure Centre.


Birmingham as a place to live and work

Birmingham and the borough of Sandwell are great places to live. City Hospital  and the Midlands Metropolitan Hospital site are close to Birmingham City Centre and the popular suburbs of Edgbaston, Bearwood, Harborne and.Moseley. There are six towns that serve Sandwell, they are Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury, and West Bromwich. Each have their own individual character and attractions. There are a huge range of places to live with easy access via road or public transport all serving the Trust sites well. Housing in the area is very affordable with transport links in and around the city and Sandwell are excellent. Birmingham boasts a range of places to socialise in, with a range of top/great restaurants and bars. And the second city is fast-becoming a shopping haven, with a vast array of choice, from designer to unique independently-run shops. Birmingham boasts a number of outstanding schools including the King Edwards VI collective grammar schools and independent schools. The city is also home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Midlands Arts Centre  (MAC), Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre and a number of museums including the Art Gallery, and the Thinktank.  Musical stars frequently perform at the Genting Arena, whilst at the adjacent National Exhibition Centre (NEC) there is a comprehensive diary of events. Birmingham offers an impressive range of sporting facilities including cricket, football, golf, rugby, sailing, tennis and has a 50 metre swimming pool. Birmingham and Sandwell have excellent transport links with the International Airport, major rail routes and easy access to motorways. Trains run direct to London from Birmingham New Street, and Sandwell & Dudley with the fastest route taking just one hour 24 minutes. In addition Stratford Upon Avon, rural areas of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire are within easy reach.