National Clinical Director for Older People

Professor David Oliver is the National Clinical Director for Older People, seconded to the Older People and Dementia Branch of the Department of Health.David Oliver

  • provides: leadership and expertise to improve the care and health of older people now and in the future
  • ensures: policy on older peoples health and care is at the forfront of developments
  • contributes: to research and advisory bodies on older peoples health
  • is responsible for: policy development in health and wellbeing of older people

About Professor David Oliver: He was formerly a specialist clinical advisor to the DH (leading on falls and bone health services) and frequently advised governmental bodies before he became National Clinical Director.

He combines this role with a very hands-on clinical job as a consultant physician in geriatric and general internal at the Royal Berkshire NHS foundation trust, where he has been since 2004 and was until recently a Clinical Director. This ensures he remains in touch with the realities of frontline practice and helps him to deliver his civil service role and retain clinical credibility.

From 1998-2004 he was a consultant and a clinical director at what is now South London NHS Trust. He is an active researcher, teacher and lecturer, with over 100 publications – on subjects such as falls and bone health, health services for older people, age discrimination and healthcare ethics and law and having been Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading until 2009 is now visiting professor of medicine for Older People at City University London.

He is a former national secretary of the British Geriatrics Society and has frequently commented in the media on services for older people.

In addition to his initial medical degrees from  Cambridge, he has a BA in Physiology (Oxford), research doctorate (MD) from the University of London, Masters Degrees respectively in Health Management (London), Health Leadership (Middlesex) and Health Care Ethics and Law (Manchester), and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Society of Medicine. He works closely with other NCDs and across the DH and government in helping to secure better services for older people.”

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