Jenny Hayes

Dr Jenny Hayes graduated from Southampton University in 2000, followed by junior doctor roles in the UK and Australia. After gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2004, she was inspired by the palliative care team at the hospital where she worked to apply for a post at St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester, where her love of palliative care flourished.


In 2006 Jenny moved to Devon, initially as a specialty doctor at St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth, before commencing palliative medicine specialty training in the region in 2007. She qualified as a consultant in palliative medicine and was delighted to be appointed to this role at Hospiscare in 2016.


Jenny is medical lead for Hospiscare’s Inpatient Ward, with particular interests in quality improvement and medical education. She is Specialty Lead for Palliative Medicine for the University of Exeter Medical School, training medical students in the principles and practice of palliative care. She is also Educational Supervisor for our Palliative Medicine Registrars, who are training to become future consultants. Jenny also enjoys supervising and training Hospiscare’s team of Non-Medical (specialist nurse) Prescribers.


When not at work, Jenny is most frequently found running, in 2017 fulfilling her lifelong ambition to complete the London Marathon while raising funds for Hospiscare. She competes in other local running events including Exeter’s Great West Run and Exeter half marathon, and has entered the London Marathon again for 2018. When not running, Jenny enjoys active outdoor pursuits with her husband and three boys including cycling, kayaking, walking on Dartmoor and holidays in their caravan. On cold, wet Sunday mornings she becomes an enthusiastic ‘football mum’ cheering from the sidelines.