Over 600 ‘Serious Incidents’ reported at Birmingham NHS trusts

NHS hospitals and trusts in Birmingham recorded 620 ‘Serious Incidents’ and adverse events impacting patient care, including cases involving unexpected and avoidable serious harm, serious injury and death.

A report published by Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors on 21st February 2018 showed NHS trusts and health boards record over 20,000 of these Serious Incidents and adverse events impacting patient care every year. One NHS Trust in Birmingham (Heart of England NHS FT) was among those recording some of the highest numbers of Serious Incidents in the financial year 2016/17, the most recent full reporting period.

Every NHS Trust in Birmingham reported Serious Incidents had occured:


Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – 64

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – 78

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust1 – 62

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust – 286

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 39

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust – 64

West Midlands Ambulance Service – 32


Whilst our research identifies the number of Serious and adverse events being recorded by each of these NHS trusts, these figures can vary greatly due to differences in patient and patient contact numbers. These statistics do not on their own provide an accurate measure of the quality of care being provided by each trust across its full range of healthcare services.

Commenting on the findings regarding NHS trusts in Birmingham, Jason Brady, medical negligence solicitor and one of the people behind the research said:

“It is worrying to see such a significant number of Serious Incidents being recorded by NHS trusts in a single city. We hope this research focuses attention on reducing the frequency of these incidents which can cause significant unnecessary harm and injury to patients, as well as death in the most serious cases.”


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Blackwater Law’s national research discovered…

1 Comprises of The Birmingham Women’s Hospital (BWH), The Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB). Since 1st April 2016 the BCH data also includes SIRIs reported by the Forward Thinking Birmingham Partnership. FTB is an integrated new model of mental health care provision which is hosted by BCH. The merge between BWH and BCH occurred on the 1st of February 2017.