The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM) has awarded six new centres excellence status including the East of England service (Cambridge University Hospitals, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Ipswich Hospital). This award recognises centres for excellence in treatment, research and care.

The initiative is part of the TJBCM’s mission to ensure every patient has access to excellent care, no matter where they live. Including these six new centres, there are now 17 Tessa Jowell Centres of Excellence across the UK.

With 12,000 people diagnosed with a brain tumour every year in the UK, there has never been a more important time to recognise the efforts of NHS staff committed to developing and improving brain tumour treatment and care.

The East of England service was recognised for its commitment to equality of access for patients across the region, with the Cambridge University Hospitals, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Ipswich Hospital teams working closely together to ensure excellence in treatment and care for all patients no matter where in the region they lived.

“We are delighted to be designated as a Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence as it means that brain tumour patients can be confident they are receiving the highest level of NHS care and have access to the most up to date treatments. The designation acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our research and clinical teams to deliver the best possible care for patients.”

Stephen Price, NIHR Brain Injury MIC neuro-oncology theme Lead, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke’s and Clinician Scientist at the University of Cambridge

The committee commended the Addenbrooke’s hospital team for their impressive efforts to further improve their rehabilitation services and the innovative Minderoo Precision Brain Tumour Programme.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) is also leading the way in genetic testing, with patients with the most aggressive and fatal form of brain tumour, called glioblastoma, being offered a more detailed diagnosis and tailored treatment plan through rapid whole genome sequencing.

For more information, you can read the full press release from CRUK Cambridge Cancer Centre on the University of Cambridge Website

Source: Press release from CRUK Cambridge Cancer Centre,‘Cambridge one of six NHS brain cancer centres to be awarded excellence status by the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission’, accessed 27 May 2022,

The multi-disciplinary brain cancer care team at CUH

The multi-disciplinary brain cancer care team at CUH