NHS partners

National Health Service partners

This page provides general information on the links between the University of Birmingham, its teaching partners and the wider environment of medical education.

NHS Teaching Trusts

The table below shows the list of NHS Teaching Trusts that the University of Birmingham Medical Students visit on their placements, or take a look at our NHS Trust sites in and around Birmingham area via our NHS Trust Allocations Map.

Name of Trust Name of Hospital
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust National Centre for Mental Health - Birmingham, The Barberry 
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Hospital NHS Trust Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust Sandwell Hospital
City Hospital
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Good Hope Hospital
Heartlands Hospital
Solihull Hospital
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust (New Cross Hospital)
NHS Herefordshire Hereford County Hospital
The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust Russells Hall Hospital
Corbett Hospital
Dudley Guest Hospital
Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Alexandra Hospital
Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Walsall NHS Trust Walsall Manor Hospital
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust Birmingham Children's Hospital
Birmingham Women's Healthcare NHS Trust Birmingham Women's Hospital

Teaching Academies...

Clinical teaching and learning experiences take place within our NHS Trust Teaching Academies. Students are assigned placements in 15 hospitals (13 Teaching Academies, 4 of which are “Specialty Academies”) and over 150 General Practices (grouped in a single Teaching Academy) around the West Midlands.

Each Academy provides a slightly different experience by virtue of different location, catchment population, specialty mix etc. but the overall clinical experience gained across the programme will be comprehensive and similar for all students by rotation between Academies.

Each Academy is headed by a senior Consultant with extensive experience in teaching undergraduates; he/she is supported by a team of Senior Academy Tutors (who supervise the professional development and overall learning experience of small groups of students, meeting with their students on a weekly basis) and Senior Academy Teachers who are responsible for delivery and content of the clinical curriculum within the Academy.

Placements are worked out in order to ensure that students gain an equitable experience and travel similar distances over the entire course; in the event of special circumstances such as health or domestic issues, placements can be adjusted to accommodate student need.


Birmingham is in a unique position being within easy travelling distance of 15 different hospitals which provide a wide range of speciality services.

Group 1: Close placements (Less than 10 miles from the University)

  • The Barberry – National Centre for Mental Health
  • Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sandwell General Hospital
  • Birmingham City Hospital
  • Birmingham Heartlands Hospital/Solihull Hospital
  • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
  • Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation 

Group 2: Middle distance placements (Between 10 and 20 miles from the University)

  • Russells Hall Hospital – Dudley
  • Good Hope Hospital – Sutton Coldfield
  • The Manor Hospital – Walsall 
  • New Cross Hospital –Wolverhampton

Group 3: Distanced placements (More than 20 miles from the University)

  • The Alexandra Hospital – Redditch
  • Worcester Royal Hospital - Worcester
  • Hereford County Hospital