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 Fiona Rawlinson

Fiona Rawlinson


School of Medicine

9th floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS


Palliative and end of life care remains a global imperative. Developing innovative ways of supporting the needs of the ever changing workforce in palliative care education remains a top priority while keeping the patient at the heart of all medical education. 

I studied at Cambridge University, subsequently training as a GP, and retraining in Palliative Medicine to become a Consultant in 2004. My interest in effective and supportive teaching and training has been life long. As Course Tutor for the Cardiff Diploma in Palliative care between 1998-2006 I managed the course as it moved from paper to web based design and recorded over 30 podcasts on practical aspects of palliative care. I became Programme Director in 2015 and direct and develop a postgraduate portfolio of courses designed to cover a wide range of palliative and end of life care education needs in Wales and across the world.

The course team has developed a revised curriculum for the MSc and PgDip which reflects the changing needs of the multidisciplinary team delivering palliative care across all settings and in all countries. There is a thriving portfolio of short courses, including paediatric palliative care and community oncology and an ethos of collaboration – successful collaborations with organisations such as the RCGP, the children’s hospice in Wales- Ty Hafan and the renowned Oxford Palliative education and research centre, Sobell House. 

Working with outside agencies, such as, I have developed open access modules for palliative care in Sub-Saharan Africa and with colleagues for India which reflect a growing appreciation of the use of technology to deliver pallaitive care education creatively but effectively. I have supported palliative care education development in South Africa and through a thriving network of alumni, I am supporting the development of palliative care in Pakistan and in Russia and former soviet countries, working with the PACED foundation and linking with the European Association for Palliative Care.

Additional roles are as Chair of the Specialty Training Committee for Wales Palliative Medicine and as a Consultant in Palliative medicine for City Hospice, Cardiff. 

Key themes:

  • developing the palliative and end of life care skills of the health and social care workforce
  • communication, team working, mentoring and leadership
  • using technology to enhance delivery of education
  • delivering education that will make a difference to patient care



  • External Examiner , Glasgow University 2020 - present
  • Adjunct Faculty Member of Kasturba Medical College , Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India 
  • External Examiner Swansea University 2018 - present
  • Training Programme Director for Wales Specialty training in Palliative Medicine 
  • Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Wales 2004 - present 
  • MA ( Cantab ) 1990
  • MBBChir 1987
  • BA ( Zoology ) University of Cambridge 1985

Honours and awards

  • SFHEA April 2021
  • FInalist for MEDIC STAR award 2021 for "Inspirational Leadership in teaching "
  • Centre for Medical Education Nomination for teacher award SURGAM (Outstanding clinical and academic commitment during pandemic) - 2021
  • FAcadMEd  April 2014 
  • PCME 2006
  • MSc Palliative medicine 2004 

Professional memberships

  • FRCP
  • General Medical Council since 1988

Academic positions

  • 2018 - present - Reader, Cardiff University
  • 2015 - 2018 Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University 

Committees and reviewing

Chair of Education Committee - PACED ( Foundation for Palliative Care Education )