A Career in Palliative Medicine
Palliative medicine is perhaps unique within medicine in that we often deliver care across a variety of settings, maintaining continuity for patients.
We spend time with patients and their families exploring their needs and priorities to ensure we deliver individualised care.
We spend time discussing the benefits and burdens of investigations and tests with patients, and where these are not thought appropriate, we need to rely on clinical judgment and knowledge.
Strong team working and a supportive work environment are valued by all.
An Expanding Specialty
Palliative medicine is an expanding specialty and is prioritised by government. There is therefore the opportunity to develop and expand services. Consultant posts are often varied in their structure and allow work across several sites. a key componant of the work of a palliative medicine consultant is education and training of many health care professionals.