Palliative Medicine

 

Training Programme Director Katie Frew

Specialty Programme Co-ordinatorDave Roxborough

HR Officer, Lead Employer TrustJenny Lear

 

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 and trusts within the region. Alongside being on call for a hospice, you will also receive training in the community and in hospital palliative medicine. You will gain experience in other specialties such as oncology as well as medical specialties.

 

In HEENE, a trainee can expect to rotate through a combination of the the following placements, always linked to a base hospice (post)

Base Hospice (Post)

Frequent Placements from base hospice

Alice House Hospice

North Tees and Hartlepool Community Palliative Care

North Tees Hospital NHS FT

James Cook University Hospital Cancer centre

Teesside Hospice

South Tees Hospital NHS FT

South Tees Community Palliative Care

James Cook University Hospital Cancer centre

County Durham Darlington FT (Darlington hospital placement)

St Benedict’s Hospice Sunderland

South Tyneside FT (community palliative care)

City Hospitals Sunderland FT

County Durham Darlington FT (Durham hospital and community placements)

Marie Curie Hospice Newcastle

County Durham and Darlington NHS FT (Durham hospital and community placements)

Gateshead Health NHS FT (community and hospital placements)

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT (community and hospital placements)

Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT (community and hospital placements)

St Oswald’s Hospice Newcastle

County Durham and Darlington NHS FT (Durham hospital and community placements)

Gateshead Health NHS FT (community and hospital placements)

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT (community and hospital placements)

Northern Centre for Cancer Care

 

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 in hospitals (both tertiary and district general hospitals). You will also have the chance to work in regional cancer centres.

 

It is possible to gain entry into Palliative medicine training through successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme. There are five core training programmes, which can enable entry  onto a Palliative medicine training programme. The core training programmes are:

  • Core Medical Training (CMT)
  • Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)
  • Anesthetic Training
  • Core Surgical Training
  • General Practice Training

 

From 2022 onwards, entry will only be possible following completion of the internal medicine curriculum (IM3).  Recruitment from the above routes will continue up to 2021.  Please contact the training programme director for further information.

For more information about the specialty, please check out the programme guide on the JRCPTB website.

To find out more information about current vacancies please view the HEE Website

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Potential Applicant

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