History of the NHS First party

Welcome to NHS First, a history learning site all about how the NHS health services have developed over the years and how the health service that many rely on is forever changing


NHS Foundation Trust are one of the largest foundation trusts in the country, with over 11,000 employees providing general and specialist hospital and community care for the people of East Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth and South Staffordshire.

They pride themselves on having services at the heart of our communities. Their hospitals include Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Birmingham Chest Clinic. They also provide community health services across the borough of Solihull and run a number of smaller satellite units, allowing people to be treated as close to home as possible.

At the heart of the Trust is the concept of partnership - between the community, the schools, businesses, the government and charitable trusts. The Trusts have set out to establish a pool of financial resources drawn from local and central government grants, sponsorship agreements with business, charitable appeals and covenants by individuals.

Trust Board Meetings - open to the public

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s board meetings are now open to the public to attend as observers. The next open board meeting will take place on 6 March, 10am, venue to be confirmed. Members of the public are invited to attend and there will be an opportunity to meet members of the Board of Directors. An agenda for the meeting will be available closer to the time.

How we came to have a health service.

Others have written extensively on the reasons for a health service.  These included