About Brainbow

What is Brainbow?

Launched in 2013, Brainbow is a unique partnership between independent charities – Anna’s Hope, Camille’s Appeal, Tom’s Trust, and more recently, Joshua Tarrant Trust – working with Addenbrooke’s Hospital to fund and provide a pioneering rehabilitation service in the East of England for all children with brain tumours.  Brainbow is supported by charities but is not a charity itself.

The service consists of a multi-disciplinary team which includes physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, and education.  The team is supported by admin and management, as well as a clinical lead.

Brainbow is part of the paediatric oncology and haematology department.

What does Brainbow do?

  • Brainbow’s aim is to help children with brain tumours reach their full potential.
  • Brainbow provides coordinated specialist neuro-rehabilitation assessment and treatment for children and young people with brain tumours.
  • Brainbow is able to provide children with brain tumours with specialist rehabilitation support and continuity of care throughout their journey i.e. from their diagnosis, during their hospital admission and beyond (outpatient appointments).

What is the Brainbow mission?

To ensure all children with brain tumours reach their full potential

Who does Brainbow see?

Brainbow sees children previously and newly diagnosed with a brain tumour, under the age of 16, in the East of England.  Children with brain tumours are referred from all parts of the East of England.

Brainbow will now consider out-of-area referrals for children up to the age of 16. A package has been developed and can be tailored depending on the patient’s need to ensure they receive the best possible care. Further details can be obtained on 01223 217630 or brainbow@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.

What is the referral criterion?

All patients referred to the neuro-oncology service at Addenbrooke’s will automatically receive input from Brainbow.

External referrals can be sent to the Brainbow team on 01223 596163 or brainbow@addenbrookes.nhs.uk