What does Palliative Medicine have to offer?
Palliative medicine involves working as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering holistic care to patients. Essential qualities for a doctor in this field include a background in general medical care, good communication skills, and a flexible approach to problem solving.
A Wide Scope of Patient Support & Care
Palliative Medicine encompasses much more than care of the dying cancer patient. We are expanding our referral criteria to other life limiting illnesses including COPD, heart failure, and degenerative neurological conditions, and our intervention is coming earlier in the patient journey.
There is plentiful patient contact in Palliative Medicine, even as a consultant. We work closely with most hospital specialties and with GPs and often provide continuity for patients across a variety of settings.
We are a growing specialty with the opportunity to influence and develop local services. With most on calls from home, the specialty offers a good quality of life to trainees and consultants, as well as the opportunity to train flexibly.
A Challenging Career
The Speciality can be emotionally challenging and demanding. A solid background in general medicine and good clinical skills are a must as at times medical tests and procedures may not be appropriate. There is a smaller research base than in other specialties, though many are trying to change this.