On the second day of #BrainTumourAwarenessMonth and as a Partner Organisation of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission we are delighted to be able to share in announcing the launch of a specialist national network of Tessa Jowell Centres of Excellence throughout the NHS.
Today, nine NHS brain tumour centres across the UK have been recognised as a Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence after a rigorous process that has been defined and led by clinicians, patients, charities and NHS hospitals all over the country.
The new Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence status awards the delivery of outstanding care and treatment by NHS staff for all patients in their care. It recognises the amazing hospitals and NHS staff in all the work they do to combine the delivery cutting edge science with a human centred culture of compassion. Whilst we have a long way to go till every patient can access the latest and greatest science, but this is a huge and transformational first step.
Among the first nine centres to be recognised is University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and we have been proud to work closely with the neuro team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham over a number of years.
Prof. Colin Watts, Chair Birmingham Brain Cancer Program and honorary consultant neurosurgeon, said: "We are delighted that our model of patient-centred, consultant-led, research-orientated care for brain cancer patients has been recognised in this way. This award is a tribute to the whole multidisciplinary team who put patients at the centre of everything they do and take real pride in delivering best practice for everyone." Brain Tumour Support CEO Tina Mitchell Skinner talked about the hope that this announcement brings: "After a year which has demonstrated nationwide the need for connectivity and hope, we are greatly encouraged by the spirit and inspiration behind the development and definition of the Tessa Jowell Centres of Excellence. As a charity working alongside NHS hospitals and staff on a daily basis and continuously guided by patient need, this recognition of excellence sets a path to parity of care and improved outcomes across the UK. "As a community we need hope, and this incredible initiative brings all of the brain tumour community together in a way which can be pivotal to patient care in the future. This is Dame Tessa Jowell’s legacy." For more information and the full list of NHS brain tumour centres to have been recognised visit: www.tessajowellbraincancermission.org