David Oliver

Visiting Fellow

During his fellowship with the Fund, David will work on a variety of integrated care projects, with a particular focus on integrated services for older people.

David has been a practising hospital doctor for 25 years and a consultant, specialising in geriatric and general internal medicine, for 16 years. He has been lead clinician and clinical director for both South London NHS Trust and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

During his career he has played a variety of national leadership roles. He was the government’s National Clinical Director for Older People at the Department of Health, was seconded to the Civil Service from 2010 to 2013, and before that was a specialist clinical adviser in the Department of Health, where he co-led programmes of work on falls and bone health. He is a past secretary and current president-elect of the British Geriatrics Society and chair of the Royal College of Physicians Speciality Committee for Geriatric Medicine.

In academia, David was a senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Reading from 2004 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been a visiting professor of medicine for older people at City University London, where he also teaches on health policy and health leadership modules. He has a visiting chair at the University of Surrey. He has lectured both in the United Kingdom and internationally, and has advised the Taiwanese government in their initial training programme for geriatricians.

David has published more than 100 articles and papers on subjects including: falls and bone health; health services for older people; age discrimination; and ethical and legal issues in the care of older people. He frequently comments in print and broadcast media on issues affecting the care of older people and has carried out numerous independent expert reviews.