Two leading specialist hospitals in Birmingham have joined forces to become the UK’s first dedicated women’s and children’s foundation trust.
Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital have come together to form a single organisation – Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
“Our two amazing hospitals are now united under the leadership of one organisation”
The two hospitals’ names and locations will stay the same, but managers said the new united team will be able to provide more seamless care for patients across the two sites and have a stronger voice in shaping family-centred care across the region.
The two organisations have been running with a single executive team since September 2016 ahead of the official merger on 1 February.
Chief executive Sarah-Jane Marsh has held the joint role since June 2015. Michelle McLoughlin is the chief nursing officer.
“I am so thrilled that all of our hard work has finally paid off and our two amazing hospitals are now united under the leadership of one organisation,” said Ms Marsh.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
“This is the first important step in enabling our vision of delivering world leading family-centred care for women, children and families in our region and beyond,” she said.
She added: “We have the expertise, enthusiasm and passion to build on our already outstanding track record of delivering high quality care, innovation and improvement, and together are committed to changing the face of healthcare for generations to come.”
Trust chair Dame Christine Braddock described the change as a “major development that I know will leave a long and lasting legacy for women’s and children’s health in the years ahead”.
The trust has confirmed it will continue to work towards a goal of creating a joint facility in Edgbaston in the future.