The HeadSmart campaign is run by a partnership between Brain Tumour Research member charity the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) at the University of Nottingham, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and The Brain Tumour Charity (TBTC), and has been funded by The Health Foundation and TBTC.
Research has shown that there is considerable variation in the time taken to diagnose childhood brain tumours in the UK. Half of all children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour take longer than three months to be diagnosed. The aim of the HeadSmart campaign is to reduce the time taken to diagnose brain tumours so that all children and young people with a brain tumour are diagnosed within five weeks of developing symptoms or signs of a brain tumour.
The Diagnosis of brain tumours in Children guideline was produced by the CBTRC, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund in conjunction with the TBTC. In 2008 the guideline was appraised and endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). The guideline advises healthcare professionals on the identification, assessment and investigation of children presenting with symptoms and signs that could be caused by a brain tumour.
The symptoms covered by the guideline have also been used to produce age-specific symptom cards in order to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms among parents and young people.
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We think this is a fantastic initiative and will be working with TBTC and other members of the Brain Tumour Consortium on a similar initiative to speed up diagnosis for adults.