Kerry Waterfield

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

I love the people and the place! We live in a lovely community with lovely neighbours who are great friends of our whole family and can look out for my kids if I need to work flexibly.

Originally from Northern Ireland Kerry came to Newcastle to study and has stayed here ever since! She always loved palliative medicine and has managed to juggle working in the speciality alongside family commitments for the last 16 years. Kerry worked in various speciality doctor posts around the region whilst her four children were small and  joined the speciality training programme when her youngest started school five years ago.

What made you choose to train in the North East?

I chose Newcastle University as it has excellent reputation for training doctors who really understand their patients and can relate well to them.  I fell in love with the region and have been keen to stay here ever since.

 

What have you gained from your training here?

I have always worked alongside really friendly and supportive colleagues and consultants. Alongside a really varied and challenging clinical workload, I have had many really excellent opportunities in research and teaching.  All of the palliative medicine trainees in the region have joined to work together in a research collaborative that is involved in several really exciting projects. Most recently, I had the opportunity to take study leave for a teaching trip that involved training community health workers from a very remote part of the jungle in Western Myanmar.

 

What are the best things about living in this part of the world?

I love the people and the place! We live in a lovely community with lovely neighbours who are great friends of our whole family and can look out for my kids if I need to work flexibly.  However, we also regularly walk into town, with lots of great restaurants to choose from for dinner and drinks. There is lots on culturally but it is also easy to escape to the coast or the Lake district.

 

What would you say to anyone considering training in the region?

I have always felt it was really important to help relieve suffering at the end of life and have been keen to keep learning how to do it better.  The opportunity to train in palliative medicine has been fantastic.  I’ve been able to work with many amazing teams of people in a wide variety of settings across the region. 

I think it’s a really great place to train- with a wide variety of experience but very friendly and supportive too.

What are your top tips for getting the most out of your training in the region?

  1. Get to know your colleagues and neighbours – you likely make friends for life

  2. Make the most of your time off to explore the city and escape to the beach or the hills.  

Describe the region in one word or phrase:

Fun, friendly and down to earth.

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