Dr. Cate O’Neill trained at Newcastle University Medical School and graduated in 2003. After undertaking a rotation in Palliative Medicine as part of her junior doctor training, she discovered her passion for the specialty. After completing her post-graduate medical training, she went on to take specialty training in Palliative Medicine across the North East of England.
In November 2011, Cate took up her first consultant post in Palliative Medicine, which was a joint post between Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and St. Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle. As part of this appointment, Cate was involved in the opening of a new hospital palliative care unit, one of the first of its kind in the UK. Alongside her first consultant post, Cate undertook a postgraduate diploma in the ethics of cancer and palliative care with Keele University and Marie Curie Liverpool, to consolidate her natural interest in ethics at the end of life.
Cate took up a consultant post with Hospiscare in November 2016, after her husband was offered a consultant post at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Since joining Hospiscare, Cate has taken on the medical lead role for the Community Team. She is enjoying the opportunity to practice Palliative Medicine across all care settings and to work as part of a variety of different teams. She has an ongoing interest in the provision of care for patients with non-malignant conditions and she enjoys and actively participates in medical student teaching and education.
When not at work, Cate can usually be found spending time with her husband and two young daughters as they busily embrace their new life in the country. When not ferrying the girls to ballet, swimming or gymnastics classes, Cate and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, particularly at the coast and seeing family and friends. Cate’s other passion is music. She loves to sing and has recently been welcomed into the Hospiscare Choir. She also plays the violin and piano and, since moving to the South West, has taken up the ukulele!