Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget
Employees 11,000
Chair Mr Les Lawrence
Chief Executive Mr Andrew Foster
Website Heart of England
CQC reports Care Quality Commission
Monitor Monitor

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) is one of the largest organisations running NHS hospitals in England.[1] It is a Foundation Trust which runs a wide variety of general and specialist services in the West Midlands region.[2] The hospitals and services run by HEFT include Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic, England.

In September 2016 it announced plans to merge with the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.[3]


The Trust's history can be traced back to the opening of Little Bromwich Hospital in June 1895, which was a fever hospital and sanatorium in Yardley. In April 1963 it merged with Yardley Green hospitals to become East Birmingham District General Hospital, before going on to acquire the Marston Green Maternity Hospital. It became the first acute trust in Birmingham in April 1992.[1]


In July 2013 the Care Quality Commission announced[4] that Heart of England would be one of the Trusts to be inspected by Professor Sir Mike Richards under the new inspection regime.

In December 2013 the Trust was one of thirteen hospital trusts named by Dr Foster Intelligence as having higher than expected higher mortality indicator scores for the period April 2012 to March 2013 in their Hospital Guide 2013.[5]

In April 2014 it was announced that Les Lawrence had been appointed as the new chairman following a competitive interview process to succeed Lord Hunt who is to retire in May. He has been a non-executive director for more than two years, and was previously the cabinet member for children, young people and families at Birmingham City Council He has also chaired both the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.[6]

Chief Executive Dr Mark Newbold resigned in November 2014 after the trust had a condition placed on its licence by Monitor on 24 October relating to poor performance on waiting times and mortality. He said that overcrowding of the hospitals was the main problem which he had not solved.[7]

The trust was one of 26 responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency over the 2014/5 winter.[8]

It reported a deficit of £35.9 million accrued in the period from April to October 2015. Spending on clinical staff had increased by 10% and on nursing staff by 11%. Dame Julie Moore and Jacqui Smith, chief executive and chair respectively of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust are to take over the leadership of the trust.[9] In February 2016 it was expecting a deficit of £59 million for the year.[10]

In March 2016 the Trust was rated as having a poor reporting culture in the Learning from Mistakes League.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Our Trust". Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 5 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ "Departments". Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 5 Nov 2013. 
  3. ^ "Major hospital trusts reveal merger plan". Health Service Journal. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "(Letter to Chief Executive)" (PDF). Care Quality Commission. 17 July 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dr Foster identifies 13 trusts with high mortality ratios". Health Service Journal. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Heart of England Trust appoints new chairman". Heart of England NHSFT. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals boss Mark Newbold quits after damning report". Birmingham Mail. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach". Health Service Journal. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Birmingham FT risks £63m deficit due to 'lack of financial control'". Health Service Journal. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "One in four trusts plunge deeper into the red". Health Service Journal. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Trusts ranked in 'learning from mistakes' league". Health Service Journal. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.