Dr Jo Sykes is a consultant in palliative medicine at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Rowcroft Hospice in Devon. She is the trust’s medical appraisal lead and an honorary university fellow at Plymouth University Medical School.
Jo completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1987. She undertook palliative medicine specialty training in London, Sydney and Bristol.
Across her career Jo has been clinical director for the South Devon Specialist Palliative Care Service, training programme director and regional specialty advisor for the south of South West England, head of specialty training for Severn and Peninsula Deaneries, and a member of the Palliative Medicine Specialty Advisory Committee at the RCP. She has been an MRCP(UK) examiner and PACES host since 2009.
Her areas of special interest, in addition to undergraduate and postgraduate education, are provision of hospital-based specialist palliative care, palliative care for non-malignant conditions, and senior doctor career development and wellbeing.