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Fiona Rawlinson

Dr Fiona Rawlinson


School of Medicine

+44 29225 10739
Neuadd Meirionnydd, Room 9th floor, 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. These reflect a growing appreciation of the use of technology to deliver pallaitive care education creatively and 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.

I have held the position of  co-Training Programme Director for Wales  until December 2021 and I work clinically 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






  • Academic Promotion to Professor - May 2022
  • winner of Medic STAR award for inspirational leadership in teaching 2021
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2021
  • External Examiner , Glasgow University 2020 - present
  • Adjunct Faculty Member of Kasturba Medical College , Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India 2019 - present
  • Chair of Education Advisory Board - PACED - 2018 - present
  • External Examiner Swansea University 2018 - 2022
  • Academic promotion to Reader Cardiff University 2018 - 2022
  • Training Programme Director for Wales Specialty training in Palliative Medicine 2018 - 2021
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators 2014
  • Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Wales 2004 - present
  • PCME 2006
  • MSc Palliative Medicine 2004
  • MRCGP 1993
  • MA ( Cantab ) 1990
  • MBBChir 1987
  • BA ( Zoology ) University of Cambridge 1985

Honours and awards

  • SFHEA April 2021
  • winnder of 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

  • FAcadMEd
  • 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 ) 2017 to present

Committee member of Palliative Care Research Society 2018 to present

Section Member of Pallaitive Care council of Royal Society of Medicine 2016 - 2021

External profiles