I wasn’t sure which area to specialise in for the first few years. But as a junior doctor in GP training, I attended a palliative care lecture at a local London hospice. The consultant who presented the talk was superb – I was really impressed by his enthusiasm for the specialty, so I applied for a job there.
Whilst working in the hospice I enjoyed the mix of medicine, particularly pain and symptom control, and the challenges around talking to terminally ill patients. After obtaining my MRCGP, I enrolled in specialist training in palliative medicine in Manchester, my home town. I loved it from day one.