Key Contacts 

Training Programme Director for Palliative Medicine: Dr Becky Baines & Dr Cate O'Neill

Head of School of Medicine: Dr Kathy Woolson

Deputy Dean for Medicine: Dr Jon Francis

Education programme Manager: Naomi Mallinson


NHS England, South West (Peninsula) supervises all postgraduate medical specialist training in the Devon and Cornwall region for Palliative Medicine & IM Stage 2 .

Information about the Specialty

The aim of this rotation is to provide wide-ranging experience in Palliative Medicine & IM Stage 2 leading to the award of CCT. All trainees will gain expertise across hospital, community and in-patient settings and an understanding of the benefits and challenges of providing services spanning both NHS and voluntary sectors (Independent Hospices). 

Trainees require excellent communication and team working skills. Most Palliative Medicine posts incorporate a significant teaching commitment and there are plenty of opportunities to develop teaching skills during the rotation.

The Training Programme has close links with the Severn and many trainees take up educational opportunities offered in both regions. Trainees will usually rotate on a yearly basis during the 4 year rotation. The rotation will either be between Plymouth & Cornwall or Plymouth, Torbay & Exeter.

Annual Assessment Information

Trainees undertaking Higher Specialist Training  are required to have an annual assessment (ARCP).By clicking on the your specialty you will find the requirements for your assessment.  The checklists are by no means exhaustive and it is advised that you communicate with your Training Programme Director or Educational Supervisor for more detailed requirement information once you have been scheduled for an assessment Please use these checklists as a guide when preparing for your assessment. Its is your responsibility to check what is expected of you and prepare accordingly. The JRCPTB website is an invaluable source of assessment information.

The Training Hospitals

South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust,

Rowcroft Hospice, Torbay

Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust,

Hospiscare, Exeter

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust,

St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth

 Royal Cornwall Hospital,



Related Links

JRCPTB Website - Palliative Medicine

Association for Palliative Medicine