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Health Services Management Centre (HSMC)

The Health Services Management Centre, based in the School of Social Policy, is one of the leading centres specialising in policy, development, education and research in health and social care services in the UK. HSMC’s prime purpose is to strengthen the management and leadership of these services and to promote improved health and well-being.

Master's Programmes


The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham is the leading UK centre providing a combination of research, teaching, professional development and consultancy to health and social care agencies. HSMC has established a unique reputation as a 'critical friend' of the healthcare community.

The commissioning and provision of healthcare outside hospitals have become specific areas of expertise in recent years, underpinned by a continuing commitment to issues of quality improvement and public and patient engagement.

Our reputation has also started to extend to adult social care, with a growing track record in inter-agency commissioning and provision of health and social care services. HSMC has also developed a national and international reputation for both organisational and leadership development across all health settings.

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Postgraduate 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.

The 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.

Dedicated library and resource facilities

HSMC has a library and resource room. It 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: health policy, NHS management, leadership and partnership working.

Library services include; reference and enquiries, lending, current awareness, and user education as well as a range of services supporting trends in both distance and e-learning.

The library itself contains a study area with 5 PCs, a photocopier and printing facilities. A fully equipped IT resource room containing a further 12 PCs for private study, including one designated for disabled use, is also available.

Well equipped teaching spaces

Park 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.

Dining area

The dining area can accommodate up to 45 for a sit-down meal and up to 100 for a standing buffet. Visitors can also make use of the large patio in good weather. Our snack bar is open 11 months of the year from 8.30 am until 2.30 pm each day.


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