Specialty Certificate Examination in Palliative Medicine
The Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Palliative Medicine will be delivered once a year.
There are no entry requirements for the SCE in Palliative Medicine, however, candidates in UK training posts would normally take the SCE in Palliative Medicine in their penultimate year of higher specialty training.
Qualification: Certificate in Palliative Medicine
Trainees who have gained the Certificate in Palliative Medicine and who are recommended for a CCT will be entitled to apply for the postnominal MRCP(UK) (Palliative Medicine). For further details please see the FAQs.
Preparation for the SCE requires a wide breadth of knowledge around the curriculum and should involve reading of textbooks, journals and guidelines. Suggested sources and reading are listed below.
Curriculum and blueprint
The curriculum is published by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).
The examination is made up of questions covering the whole curriculum, selected by a predetermined blueprint. Download a copy of the assessment blueprint for more details:
Specialty Certificate in Palliative Medicine Blueprint
These questions give an indication of the type of question you can expect in the exam:
SCE in Palliative Medicine Sample Questions
- Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine
- Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
Online resources and guidelines
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England and Wales
- Ministry of Justice – Mental Capacity Act/Lasting Power of Attorney/Coroners, burial and cremation