NAME OF MEDICAL SCHOOL:

Newcastle

Medical school lead for undergraduate medical education in palliative care:

Name:

Paul Paes

Postal Address:

Palliative Care Unit, North Tyneside Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE29 8NH

Email:

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Telephone:

0191 2354904

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Lead palliative care clinician for undergraduate medical education (if different to above):

Name:

As above

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Is palliative care a compulsory part of the course?

Yes

 

If yes, how many hours are timetabled?

Varied depending on programme- see below

Is palliative care examined in Finals exams or at other points in the course?

Yes

 

If yes, please give details:

All exams can include written or clinical questions related to palliative care. Inclusion of palliative care questions will vary from year to year. Palliative care is assessed as part of rotation outcomes - see below.

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMME

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Spiral programme:

-Year 2: “Patients, Doctors and Society"

Sessions on communication, decision making and ethics at the end of life.

-Year 3: "Chronic Illness, Disability and Rehabilitation"

End of life is a core condition and students are taught and assessed on symptom control, communication, team working and decision making through dedicated teaching sessions.

-Year 4: “Student Selected Components” - 6 week placements in palliative care.

-Year 5: "Preparing for Practice"

Builds on year 3, reinforcing and stretching skills in advanced communication, ethics and management of the last days of life through dedicated sessions. 

Newcastle is a regional medical school where students are taught in 4 base units.  They all meet the same learning outcomes but the amount of hours of teaching fluctuates. Most students will spend half a day in a palliative care clinical setting - community, inpatient or hospital.