- What is the partnership?
HeadSmart - Be Brain Tumour Aware is a partnership between the Brain Tumour Charity, the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Health Foundation.
- What does it do?
The partnership aims to improve the outcomes for children diagnosed with brain tumours and to make the public and professionals aware of the signs and symptoms. The goal is to reduce the average diagnosis time to less than five weeks. The charity handles promotion, money and volunteers; the CBTRC looks after clinical information and monitors diagnosis times; the RCPCH chairs the partnership; and the foundation provided three years of funding.
- What has it achieved?
The average diagnosis time for a child with a brain tumour was 9.3 weeks before the campaign was launched in June 2011, but this had been reduced to 6.9 weeks by April this year. Fifty-five per cent of paediatricians say that they now feel confident in their ability to recognise a brain tumour, compared with 32 per cent before the campaign. The Department of Health has recognised the need for the campaign and this year HeadSmart was awarded the NHS Innovation Challenge Prize in the earlier cancer diagnosis category.
- What the judges said:
Governance consultant Ruth Lesirge said: "A case well made, with clear evidence of success and outcomes for the beneficiaries."
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