Dr Jessica Bate
MBBS, MA, FRCPCH, PhD
Training and education
- University of Cambridge (MA)
- Royal Free and University College London, University of London (MBBS)
- University of Cambridge (PhD)
- Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH)
- Paediatric training at Birmingham Children's Hospital (senior house officer rotation) and South London specialist registrar training programme
- Sub-specialty oncology training at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital
- Clinical lecturer research post at St George's, University of London
- Senior research associate post at University College London
Dr Bate is a paediatric oncologist who joined the Trust in 2015.
Dr Bate cares for children with all kinds of cancers, but she has a particular interest in Wilms (kidney tumours) and bone and soft tissue sarcomas.
Dr Bate been researching infections in children with cancer since 2009, and has published extensively on this topic. You can read about one of Dr Bate's studies on the BBC website. She's also been awarded a National Institute of Health Research grant for a clinical trial investigating ways to prevent chickenpox in children with cancer.
At a national level, Dr Bate was involved in the clinical trial management for the IMPORT Wilms Tumour study, where she co-led site initiation visits for all the CCLG centres in the UK and provided clinical input to the trial. During her research post at UCL, she established a patient and public involvement (PPI) group to discuss research priorities for Wilms Tumour research.
Since then, she has published a guide to PPI for paediatric research in collaboration with NIHR INVOLVE. She was the National Ewing’s Sarcoma MDT research fellow which has given her further experience of research and policy change at a national level.
She has led on an international consensus meeting on local therapy for Ewing sarcoma in 2017 and established a new patient/parent advisory group for her research.
Dr Bate was awarded a Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group research grant to evaluate the impact of national advisory panels for childhood cancer..
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) lead for COVID-19 guidance for professionals and families and an advisor to the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She was awarded the Johann Visser Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2022 in recognition of her work during the pandemic.
She also co-leads the Vaccine Working Group for Paediatric Oncology collaboration between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and SIOP (International Society of Paediatric Oncology). Dr Bate is the national lead for children with cancer for the UK OCTAVE study which is investigating the response to COVID-19 vaccines.
In 2022, Dr Bate was awarded a fellowship through the UHS Research Leader’s Programme.
You can read about some of Dr Bate's publications here.
Roles in the Trust
- Chair Paediatric Oncology governance group
- Chair Paediatric Oncology chemotherapy group
- Panel member Trust Clinical Assurance Meeting for Effectiveness and Outcomes group
- Lead for Children’s Hospital multidisciplinary staff reflective groups
- Co-Chair Supportive Care Group (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group) from 2019
- Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group Executive Committee from 2022
- Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group lead for COVID-19 guidance
- Core member Research Advisory Group (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group) from 2016
- Core member Study Advisory Group for National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) for Children in Cancer study
- National Expert Working Group for Varicella Immunoglobulin (Public Health England)
Member Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Oncology Kids in Europe Research group (POKER) research consortium of ESPNIC (European Society of Paediatric Neonatal Intensive Care) from 2019
You can contact Dr Bate via her secretary, Lorraine Davidson - call 023 8120 4101 or send an email.
If you'd like to leave feedback on the care you or your child has received from Dr Bate, you can visit her profile on IWantGreatCare.
You can follow Dr Bate on Twitter @Jessica_Bate.