About HSMC

Park HousePostgraduate programmes are taught at Park House just a short walk from the centre of the University campus and providing a comfortable and well-appointed study environment.

A brief history of Park House

HSMC gardenThe Health Services Management Centre is based at Park House, a Victorian building, set in extensive grounds near Edgbaston Pool and the University campus. The house, which was originally called 'Southfields', was built for John Hawkins, a screw manufacturer in Birmingham. It had various owners and was eventually bought by Barrow and Geraldine Cadbury who, in 1945, donated it to the United Birmingham Hospitals for use as a residential nurses' training school. When the nurses' training school was moved to new premises, Park House was acquired by the University of Birmingham and the Health Services Management Centre was established there in 1972.


Knowledge and Evidence Service (KES)

HSMC libraryThe HSMC Knowledge & Evidence Service (KES) is a specialist information provider which houses a unique collection of books, journals and electronic material on the non-clinical aspects of health care, including subject areas such as health management, commissioning, leadership, social care and health policy

The services provided by KES include; reference and enquiries, lending, literature searching, current awareness, and user education as well as a range of services supporting trends in both distance and e-learning.

A fully equipped IT resource room containing 12 PCs for private study, including one designated for disabled use, is also available.

More information about the Knowledge & Evidence Service

Well equipped teaching spaces

Southfield room HSMCPark House has 4 fully equipped teaching rooms: the Courtyard Room, the Garden Room, the Woodland Room and the largest, the Southfield Room, which can seat up to 75 people theatre style. 


Contact details

Health Services Management Centre (HSMC)
University of Birmingham
Park House
40 Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2RT
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)121 414 2260

General enquiries

Email: hsmc-enquiries@contacts.bham.ac.uk

HSMC Library

Tel: +44(0)121 414 3672
Email: hsmc-library@contacts.bham.ac.uk

HSMC Events

Email: hsmc-events@contacts.bham.ac.uk

HSMC Teaching

Tel: +44(0)121 414 2280
Email: hsmc-teaching@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Maps and directions


Park house is located in the Green Zone on Edgbaston Park Road and is building G19.
Map of the Edgbaston Campus (PDF format)