Why choose Palliative Medicine?
Palliative Medicine offers the opportunity to work closely with patients who have life limiting illnesses and their families in a variety of settings. There is often the opportunity to follow patients across different care settings and develop close relationships / continuity of care. It spans all medical specialties and requires a high degree of clinical acumen. The job is rewarding in that physical, psychological, social and spiritual elements of the patients’ needs are addressed.
As a trainee what can I expect from my training programme?
Palliative Medicine is a four-year training programme where you will rotate around different hospices within the region. You will be on call for a hospice. Alongside this, you will also receive training in community & hospital Palliative Medicine as well as gaining experience in other specialties related to Palliative Medicine, such as Oncology, Pain, Psychiatry, and Medical Specialties. You can typically expect to spend 1 year in Teesside, 1 year in Sunderland and 2 years working North of Tyne (eg Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Gateshead or Cumbria).
The Palliative Medicine programme offers a wide variety of experiences – you will work in rural and urban areas and gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges offered by these settings. You will work in hospices, in the community, seeing patients at home or in nursing homes and hospitals (both tertiary and district general hospitals) and have the chance to work in regional cancer centres.