Joint GOSH and UCLH service named as a Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence for Children

25 Apr 2024, 10:30 a.m.

Each year, around 420 children are diagnosed with a brain tumour in the UK.

After a detailed review process across the UK, the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM) has announced a new network of 15 brain tumour centres for children, of which six have been designated as excellent, including the joint GOSH and UCLH service.

The GOSH/UCLH met the Tessa Jowell Standards of Excellence in all aspects of treatment, care and research, with the review noting many areas of outstanding service provision.

Areas of Excellence

The TJBCM team highlighted the psychological care and play teams as particular areas of excellence. In their report they also note our exemplary commitment to delivery specialist palliative care both at home and in collaboration with community teams. The committee also celebrated our imaging resourcing and capacity, exemplary neuropathology services, radiotherapy infrastructure, well-integrated nurse-led care.

The award specifically recognises the world-class brain tumour research and clinical trial portfolio from the GOSH/UCLH team where they lead major funding initiatives and foster national and international collaborations.

Above all, [this service] embodies a human-centred culture of kindness and compassion, providing wraparound holistic care …” – TJBCM feedback

A collage of four team photos. On the top left a group of nine individuals stand in front of a green wall smiling at the camera. On the top right a group of six individuals stand in front of a white wall. On the bottom left a group of 11 individuals stand together at a conference. On the bottom right 15 individuals sit and stand together as a group smiling at the camera.

Just some of the teams that help to make the service special!

Prof Darren Hargrave, Honorary Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and GOSH Charity Clinical Professor said: “We are incredibly proud to have been awarded a Tessa Jowell Centre for Excellence for Children, recognising our patient-centred approach to care, and recognising the many teams that make our Centre so special. This award is testament to the collaboration across both GOSH and UCLH, allowing us to bring together our expertise to provide excellent care and research for children with brain tumours.”

Yen-Ching Chang, Consultant in Clinical Oncology and Clinical Lead for Proton Beam Therapy at UCLH, said: “It is a great honour for the UCLH and GOSH paediatric neuro-oncology service to be named as a Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence for Children. We are very proud of the care that we provide to children with brain cancer, not only through the latest medical treatments, but also the therapeutic support provided through play specialists, physiotherapists, clinical nurse specialists and the many others who support children and families through their cancer journey.”

Jess Mills, Tessa Jowell’s daughter and TJBCM co-founder, proudly said: “Mum’s legacy to transform outcomes for brain cancer patients across the UK has reached another huge milestone. It has been so moving to witness how committed the teams caring for children in hospitals are to come on this journey with us.”

The nationwide review process further provides an in-depth understanding on children’s brain tumour care and research in almost every centre across the UK. Funded and supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research and GOSH Charity, TJBCM will use these fundings to launch new programmes aimed at further elevating services across the country.

Celebrating our staff

The Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence for Children award for our joint service is a fantastic recognition the huge number of teams that make our centre so special. Here are just some of the teams that contributed to the award:

  • Imaging
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropathology
  • Genetics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • MDT operation
  • Nurse-led care
  • Rehabilitation (including physiotherapy)
  • Psychological care
  • Palliative care
  • Education
  • Play therapy

Find out more about The Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence for Children's mission.

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