Severn Postgraduate Medical Education offers a comprehensive and popular 4 year Higher Specialty Training programme in Palliative Medicine centred in Bristol. The rotation provides posts in 5 clinical sites with opportunities to gain a wide range of Palliative Medicine training in addition to experience of other relevant specialties such as Oncology, Chronic Pain and specialties treating non malignant life limiting conditions. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, posts in hospice inpatient units and Community Palliative Care are based at St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol and St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton. Posts in Hospital Palliative Care Teams are based at University Hospitals Bristol (UHB) and Cheltenham General Hospital (both include oncology centre experience), in addition to Southmead Hospital (North Bristol NHS Trust), which includes experience of supportive care in end stage renal disease. Out of hours experience is provided by on-call duties for St Peter’s Hospice.

Training in Severn is supported by a friendly group of Palliative Medicine consultants who meet regularly to discuss local training and service improvement in addition to a regional Specialty Advisory Committee which includes the Peninsula Training Programme. Palliative Medicine Specialty Trainees organise monthly teaching in Bristol and bi-annual training days with Peninsula trainees. They also take part in the weekly journal club at UHB and are encouraged to attend the monthly Complex Pain Meeting at St Peter’s Hospice, which includes input from a pain anaesthetist and interventional radiologist. In all the posts there are plenty of opportunities for audit and quality improvement projects. There is a strong tradition of Palliative Medicine Research in the region and there is currently an Academic Clinical Lecturer on the Severn rotation who founded the UK Palliative Care Trainee Research Collaborative.

For general information about the specialty and training please see this web page and the associated links. Information on Palliative Medicine

For further information on eligibility please see the 2019 Palliative Medicine ST3 Person Specification here. Person Specification

The joint Training Programme Directors Candida Cornish and Beth Wright would welcome contact and further discussion from anyone who is interested in training in this area.


More detail about each training post can be found here:

1. St Peters Hospice

2. St Margaret’s Hospice, Inpatient unit, Taunton

3. St Margaret’s Hospice, Somerset, Community post.

4. University Hospital’s Bristol

5. Southmead Hospital (North Bristol NHS Trust)

6. Cheltenham General Hospital