Professor David Oliver

Clinical vice president

In July 2016 Professor David Oliver was elected clinical vice president of the Royal College of Physicians, working in the Care Quality Improvement Department.

David is currently seconded to the King's Fund as visiting fellow, alongside his clinical job as an NHS consultant in geriatrics and general internal medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, where he was also lead clinician and clinical director. While at the King’s Fund, he co-authored the report Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population and has worked with numerous health economies advising on integrated services for older people, and co-organised conferences and workshops and blogs regularly.

He is immediate past president of the British Geriatrics Society having also been its honorary secretary. He is also visiting professor of medicine for older people at City, University of London. 

A hospital doctor since 1989, David was a consultant and clinical director at South London NHS Trust from 1998 to 2004 and was the Department of Health national clinical director for older people from 2009 to 2013. He has just finished 3 years as specialist clinical adviser for the NHS Emergency Care Improvement Partnership, visiting and working with over 30 acute hospitals and healthcare systems. 

David writes a weekly freelance column, ‘Acute perspective’ in the BMJ, which has been shortlisted for the 2017 PPA columnist of the year award. He has written for several other professional and general publications, and has published more than 120 research papers, reviews, book chapters and editorials.

In addition to his medical qualifications and research doctorate, David has master's degrees in health leadership, healthcare ethics and law, and postgraduate diplomas in health service management and medical education. He was recently named in the Health Service Journal's top 100 clinical leaders and top 50 integrated care leaders lists. He tweets as @mancunianmedic.