Dr Becky Baines trained at Oxford University and Barts’ Medical Schools, graduating in 1996. After junior doctor roles in the UK, where she gained her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, she worked as a Palliative Medicine registrar in Sydney for two years. Her passion for Palliative Care was cemented during this role and she returned to the UK in 2002 and took up a post as a Palliative Medicine Registrar in Devon, to complete her training to become a Consultant.
She started at Hospiscare as a Consultant in 2005, taking on the medical lead role for the community team and speciality leadership at the Peninsula Medical School. During this time, she also chaired the Eastern Locality of Devon Group for End of Life Care and played a role in some key projects - for instance the development of Just in Case bags and Advance Care Planning documentation.
Becky has also had a keen interest in training the Palliative Medicine doctors of the future - initially as supervisor to the registrars rotating through Hospiscare, then also taking on the role as Training Programme Director, which she undertook from 2013.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter. Family activities include eating out, walking on Dartmoor and holidays in Cornwall and France. Becky has tried to keep the effects of the eating out to a minimum, by becoming a run/walker. She completed the Great West Run in 2017 in the princely time of 3 hours 10 minutes, with a team of Hospiscare supporters. She has signed up to do it again in 2018 and is hoping to break the 3 hour mark next time around.