I have always been interested in palliative care; I believe it is an area where you can make a huge difference for patients and their families. If we get it right for patients in the later stages of their illness then this can have a lasting positive impact for other family members.
I completed a special study module whilst in my fourth year at medical school, which allowed me to spend a week with a community palliative care team. I found it to be a humbling experience, being invited in to patients’ homes and being part of their experience at such a poignant time in their lives.
I always had an interest but it was only during foundation training after I learnt more about the training programme that I made the definite decision that this was what I wanted to do.