In early 2022, the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission will be launching the Academy – a free national learning platform connecting NHS brain tumour centres to share knowledge and expertise in research, treatment and care. It is by and for the professional brain tumour community, which includes all clinical specialities working with brain tumour patients, and aims to have a holistic approach which focuses on sharing within and between speciality groups. The Academy platform will provide access to seminars and resources, with ample opportunities for interdisciplinary working.

Who can become a member? 

Membership is open to ALL clinical staff that are affiliated with an NHS centre that has participated in the Tessa Jowell Centres of Excellence programme. The platform provides bespoke content for all staff, including nurses and allied specialists. We encourage all specialties that work with brain tumour patients to register, as the Academy aims to be holistic and address sharing expertise within and between specialty groups.

The Academy is community-led and defined, governed by an expert Founding Committee of NHS brain tumour experts. The Founding Committee is supported by an interdisciplinary Faculty, made up of core and allied specialties including: Neurosurgeons, Neuro-Oncologists, Nurses, Radiologists, Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. The Academy also works closely with partner patient organisations for input and to develop educational resources.

The Academy specifically aims to:

1. Close gaps in services

2. Share excellence

3. Promote interdisciplinary networks

4. Develop courses and seminars

5. Develop a relevant clinical trials list across an active national network

6. Support business case writing

7. Develop a bespoke neuro-oncology nurse course

8. Support members in research and funding 

9. Build templates for commonly used forms for clinicians 

To enable these aims, the Academy platform will have the following features:

  • Peer to Peer Connect
  • Clinical Trials list
  • Courses, workshops & seminars
  • Mentorship
  • Academy members list
  • Resources library
  • Networking events
  • Email groups


For more details, please contact Academy Manager, Olivia Burton –