Tessa Jowell Academy

Purpose: The Tessa Jowell Academy is the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission’s free national learning and networking platform connecting NHS brain tumour centres to collaborate and share excellence in treatment, research and care. The Academy offers bespoke features and content to empower all NHS healthcare professionals to learn and network with peers, with the overall aim of elevating the standards of brain tumour treatment and care nationally and improve the educational offering for professionals working with brain tumour patients. Feature include: monthly workshops, courses, skills training, a peer to peer connect service, a national clinical trials finder, a library of shared resources and much more!

The Academy has been designed by-and-for all health professionals that work with brain tumour patients including neurosurgeons, oncologists, nurses, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, pathologists, radiologists, radiographers, researchers and more. Features are bespoke to the community’s ongoing needs. 

Membership: Membership of the Tessa Jowell Academy is free to NHS staff from brain tumour centres that have participated in the Centre of Excellence designation initiative, regardless of the outcome, or an affiliated centre. 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. Membership of the Academy is also free to individuals from UK-based academic institutes (students and staff) and TJBCM’s partner organisations.

Membership provides access to:

  • The Academy platform with a bespoke dashboard to track individual learning
  • All courses (both in-person and online)
  • A library of courses to watch on-demand (with options for CPD certificates)
  • Networking across different disciplines of over 950 NHS professionals in brain cancer
  • Regular e-newsletters on TJBCM’s programme portfolio updates (such as funded Fellowships)
  • A peer to peer connect service (be matched with a professional from any UK centre on a specific topic or challenge)
  • National networks and working groups (Therapeutic Radiographers, Speech and Language Therapy and much more!)
  • A national Clinical Trials Finder kept up to date by a national clinical network
  • Faculty committees that shape the Academy’s content and features for different specialties
  • Centre of Excellence designation information and support.


Due to an increase in interest, the TJBCM is currently piloting an Academy subscription offering for private and non-UK based individuals and organisations. This membership is for 12-months and provides access to all content and features. As TJBCM is a community interest company, all subscription fees are reinvested into the platform to maintain and develop features and resources and keep the platform free to access for NHS staff. See rates below.

  • Individual membership £60 
  • Discounted individual membership (students) £25
  • Organisation membership – contact for options (including all staff access to the Academy and further options for bespoke content collaboration and support).

To apply or to find out more, please email the Academy Member bryony.allen@tessajowellbcm.org for membership options.

Impact so far: Find out about the Academy’s impact in the first year by flipping through the report below: