Palliative Medicine SCE

Our online Palliative Medicine SCE question bank and mock exam consists of 587 practice questions helping you prepare for the Palliative SCE exam.

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What is the Palliative Medicine SCE?

The Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Palliative Medicine is delivered once a year by the MRCP (UK). Successful completion of the exam demonstrates a level of knowledge required by UK Specialist Trainees to practice safely and competently as Palliative Consultants.

This Palliative Medicine SCE question bank is the first of its kind to be developed, and consists of 587 palliative care practice questions, designed to help you prepare for this challenging exam.

With a focus on holistic care, palliative medicine transcends traditional medical practice boundaries, incorporating physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of patient care. By becoming an expert in this area, you can enhance your skill set, elevate your career and make a meaningful impact on the lives of patients and their families.

In addition to the personal satisfaction derived from providing patient-centred care, pursuing a career in palliative medicine can open numerous opportunities for growth and advancement. As the global population ages and the prevalence of chronic illnesses rises, there is a growing demand for palliative care professionals.

Healthcare systems are prioritising the development of palliative care services, leading to an increased need for trained professionals in hospitals, hospices, and community-based settings. With this demand comes competitive remuneration and the potential for leadership roles within multidisciplinary teams, making it an attractive option for those seeking career progression.

Frequently Asked Questions

The eligibility requirements for the Palliative Medicine Specialty Certificate Examination and the necessity of being registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) may vary depending on the country or medical board administering the examination. In the United Kingdom, for example, the specialty certificate examination in Palliative Medicine is part of the process to obtain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in palliative medicine. To be eligible for the examination, you would typically need to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold full registration with the GMC or be eligible for registration
  • Have completed the required training period in palliative medicine as specified by the relevant medical board or training authority
  • Have completed the necessary assessments and competencies during your training programme

Regarding registration with the GMC, it is generally required for medical professionals practicing in the United Kingdom. However, the specific requirements and regulations may differ in other countries, so it's essential to consult the relevant medical board or authority in your jurisdiction for accurate information.

  • Palliative Medicine: A Case-Based Manual" by Sriram Yennurajalingam and Eduardo Bruera
  • Essentials of Palliative Care" by Nalini Vadivelu and Alan David Kaye
  • Palliative Medicine: Expert Consult" edited by T. Declan Walsh and Augusto T. Caraceni

Professional Recognition

Passing the examination demonstrates your competence and expertise in the field of palliative medicine, enhancing your professional standing and recognition among colleagues and employers.

Career Advancement

The specialty certificate can open doors for career progression in palliative medicine. It can provide opportunities to work in specialised palliative care units, hospices, academic institutions, or leadership roles within healthcare organisations.

Personal Development

Preparing for the examination allows you to deepen your knowledge and skills in palliative medicine, enabling you to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to patients with life-limiting illnesses. This can bring a sense of personal fulfilment and satisfaction.

Networking Opportunities

Engaging with the palliative medicine community during your preparation and examination can help you build valuable professional connections. Networking with peers and experts in the field can lead to collaborative research, mentorship, and future career opportunities.

Benefits of our Palliative Medicine SCE Revision

587 Palliative Care MCQs

Feel confident for your exam with our clinically rich question bank and mock exam, reflective of the MRCP Palliative Medicine SCE blueprint.

Instant Answers & Feedback

Learn more than just the right answer by receiving further reading and a full explanation of answers to deepen your knowledge and understanding.

Frequently Updated

Our experts regularly review and add new palliative care exam questions, meaning you'll receive the most up-to-date revision material available!

Reflective Revision

Compare peer responses, make online revision notes, submit your queries to our Resource Editor and benefit from unlimited resits.

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Specialist CPD

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Topics Covered in our Palliative Medicine SCE Resource

Our Palliative Medicine SCE revision consists of 587 'single best answer' questions, including 100 MCQs assigned to our 3-hour mock exam. The question bank, which we recommend you complete before attempting the mock exam, mirrors the MRCP SCE Palliative Medicine blueprint and is divided into the following topics:

Management of concurrent clinical problems unrelated to progressive illness

Palliation of life-limiting disease

Pain (assessment and management)

Other symptoms/clinical problems secondary to life-limiting disease

Practical procedures

Pharmacology and therapeutics


Care of the dying patient and their family

Legal issues

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