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Postgraduate Training Pathway

Specialty curriculum

The GMC-approved postgraduate training curriculum for pallative medicine is available online. 

Training pathway

Trainees complete either two years in core medical training or acute care common stem in acute medicine (ACCS), GP, anaesthetics and surgery (for the later three routes in there are further requirements (see person spec), before entering palliative medicine training at ST3 level through to ST6.

For those following the general practice route, this will be general practice training years one to three followed by specialty training for 4 years as defined in this curriculum (years four to seven). Those doctors training via this route who have not had adequate experience of adult general medicine, as defined above, will undertake fixed term specialty training in medicine before embarking on specialty training in palliative medicine (years 4-7). Training via the GP route may therefore take anything between 7 and 8+ years depending on the nature of the posts completed during foundation and GP training. 

The JRCPTB has detailed information on pallative medicine


MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.  MRCP (UK) or equivalent

Person specification

The person specification for palliative medicine is available.

*  This information is correct at the time of writing.  Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC. 

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