Professor David Oliver joined the Tizard Centre as an Honorary Reader in 2013, although he has been involved with the University since 1999 initially as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences and latterly as Honorary Reader at the Centre for Professional Practice at Medway.
He was the lead for the MSc in Supportive and Palliative Care, now the MSc in Specialist Healthcare (Supportive and Palliative Care) and has taught on the modules, been a tutor and supervised students. In 2013 he started to teach on courses at the Tizard Centre, on end of life care in learning disability.
David has written and spoken widely on the palliative care of people with neurological disease, and in particular motor neurone disease. He speaks regularly at international and national congresses. He is Chair of a task force of the European Association for Palliative Care and the European Academy of Neurology on neurological palliative care.
David has spoken at meetings in Australia, USA, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Slovenia, Norway, Kenya, Japan, Morocco, Austria, South Africa, Sweden, Sardinia and Switzerland. He has organised teaching in Nigeria and organises a module on palliative care at the Medical Faculty at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He was awarded the Humanitarian Prize at from the International Alliance of ALS / MND Associations for his work internationally and a Certificate of Merit for international cooperation from the University of Zagreb.
David has recently retired from a full-time appointment as Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester, where he worked for over 30 years. He has been a member of the EAPC Board and was Chair of the Guideline Development Group on Motor Neurone Disease at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He is Trustee of the Multiple System Atrophy Trust, The Fifth Trust and the Mortimer Society.
David has written two books, been the principal editor for the major textbook on palliative care in MND and edited five other books, and 26 book chapters. He is sole author of 23 papers and co-author of over further 50 papers in peer reviewed journals.