FOR the second year running, the charity Brain Tumour Support is giving hospital teams in NHS Neuro Centres across the country special boxes of goodies to share, in an expression of gratitude for their dedication and hard work. The BTS Care Boxes contain a variety of edible and pampering treats and are assembled and packed by the charity’s volunteers.
Representatives from the charity, including CEO Tina Mitchell Skinner, were particularly proud to see the first eight of the Care Boxes being given out at an award ceremony commemorating the latest neuro centres to have been designated Centres of Excellence by the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM). The award ceremony, held at the Science Gallery London and brought together staff from each of the hospitals, along with representatives of TJBCM partnership organisations, to congratulate and celebrate the work of the TJBCM centres.
Over 100,000 people in the UK are living with a brain tumour and in the UK alone around 45 people, every day face a brain tumour diagnosis.
Brain Tumour Support CEO, Tina Mitchell Skinner, said:
“We were delighted to be able to give out some of Brain Tumour Support’s Care Boxes in person this year and to attend the Tessa Jowell Centres of Excellence ceremony. It was a pleasure to be alongside some of the incredibly dedicated NHS staff with whom we work so closely throughout the year.”
At the London event, the eight centres awarded were: The Liverpool Network, Barts Health Trust, East of England Neuro-oncology Service, Oxford and Thames Valley Neuro-oncology Network, Imperial College Health Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, The Bristol Network, and Cardiff Neuro-oncology Centre.
The TJBCM Centre of Excellence awards recognise excellence in treatment, research and care, and are part of TJBCM’s national strategy to ensure every brain tumour patient has access to excellent care, no matter where they live. Each of the centres received a physical award in the form of a plaque to display the designation of excellence.
From Brain Tumour Support’s HQ in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, the charity has worked particularly closely with the CNS team from Southmead, part of The Bristol Network, over a number of years and Brain Tumour Support’s CEO, Tina Mitchell Skinner, expressed her appreciation for their work.
“The Clinical Nurse Specialists in the Neuro-oncology team at Southmead Hospital are supportive to Brain Tumour Support in every way possible and the collaboration which exists between our teams now is the way forward to ensure that the clinical provision and support services for brain tumour patients are seamless.”
Bea Coghlan, Lead Neuro-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at North Bristol NHS Trust, said:
“Being awarded the Centre of Excellence by the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM) is a great achievement for my team and the wider Trust. It recognises the high level of care and commitment we have to our patients and families and gives them confidence and assurance as their journey with a brain tumour begins. Working closely with Brain Tumour Support continues to enhance the care we provide for our patients. The team at Brain Tumour Support are a fantastic resource and their passion for patient support continues to inspire me. It is a privilege to work collaboratively with them.”
After giving out the initial eight Care Boxes in person, Brain Tumour Support sent boxes to all the other NHS neuro centres across the UK to coincide with the NHS’ 74th birthday.
Brain Tumour Support is developing its work with neuro teams across the country with the aim that all newly diagnosed patients are aware of and able to access the emotional and practical support available for themselves and their loved ones through the charity. In addition, Brain Tumour Support’s provision of this vital non-clinical support also acts as a support for the neuro teams themselves.
For more information on Brain Tumour Support, please visit: https://www.braintumoursupport.co.uk.
For more information on The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission, please visit: https://www.tessajowellbraincancermission.org.