Dr Anthony Davies

Dr Anthony Davies

Director of Clinical Studies & Honorary Clinical Associate Professor

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry


Director ofClinical Studies PU PSMD

Clinical Lead of Human Sciences PU PSMD

Director of Clinical Studies

As Directorof Clinical Studies I am one of three ‘Co-Directors’ of the BMBS curriculum.The three Directors are responsible for achieving the programme outcomesaccording to Outcomes for Graduates andfor ensuring compliance with the GMC’s PromotingExcellence: standards for medical education and training (2015) and toensure the curriculum remains contemporary and fit for the purpose of producinggraduates that are well prepared for practice. I am part of the senior education team in PU PSMD andcontribute to the strategic leadership and management of the teaching, learningand assessment committees and curriculum groups.

Clinical Lead of Human Sciences

This role focuses on sociology andpsychology learning in the clinical setting and promoting new approaches forintegrating this.  In this role I workclosely with the academic leads for sociology and psychology to improve theclinical relevance of these subjects when taught within the curriculum.

Clinical roles

Consultant in Pain Medicine

Service Line Lead Pain Services PHNT


1983      B.Sc(Tech) First Class Honours in Psychology

1986      RGN                                                   

1991      MB BS (Distinction)                        

1997      FRCA(London)

2001      FFPMANZCA

2003      MScin Clinical Science (Distinction)

2009      FFPMRCA

2013      PGCE(Distinction)

Professional membership

Specialist Register: Anaesthesia, GMC 3476141

Fellow Royal College of Anaesthetists

Fellow Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM), RCA

Fellow Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZCA

Member of British Pain Society

Roles on external bodies

Vice Chairman Examinations Board, Faculty of Pain MedicineRCA

Memberof Professional Standards Committee, Faculty of Pain Medicine RCA

Teaching interests

PreviouslyPCMD and PU PSMD Lead for Communication Skills.

Provideplenaries, tutorials and workshops on acute and chronic pain for both undergraduateand postgraduate medical programmes.

Providelearning on acute and chronic pain for allied healthcare professionalsincluding nursing staff, physiotherapists, psychologists and physicianassociates.

Lead author of the ConsultationStandards document for the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

Leadfor the Faculty of Pain Medicine Fellowship examination standard setting.

Clinicaleducational lead for student led undergraduate Grand Rounds at PSMD.

Developed clinical provider benchmarking assessmenttools.

Developed Generalpractice VTS scheme workshops on Central Sensitivity Syndromes.

Research interests

Mymain research interest is in translational research relating to CentralSensitivity Syndromes. I have assisted in the development of a new conceptualmodel, the ‘Hyland model’ to help explain Fibromayalgia to patients. Specifictherapeutic group programmes have been developed to facilitate recovery. Thishas been a collaborative venture between Plymouth NHS Hospitals Trust, PlymouthUniversity and Marjon’s University. Website: www.bodyreprogramming.org


Iam currently completing a medical education research project titled “Sortingthe wheat from the chaff”. This is based ona realist evaluation of cross-cutting themes being delivered via workshopmethodology within the PU PSMD undergraduate programme.


CollettT, Hanks S, Watson H & Davies T  2017. 'Collecting student feedback: a whole-school approach' Medical Education 51, (5) 547-548

Hyland M, Hinton C, Hill C, Whalley B, Jones R and Davies A F. Explainingunexplained pain to fibromyalgia patients: finding a narrative that isacceptable to patients and provides a rationale for evidence based interventions.BritishJournal of Pain 2016; 10(3): 156–16

SteigerwaldI, Muller M, Davies A, Samper D,Sabatowski R, Baron R et al. Tapentadol Prolonged Release for the Management ofSevere, Chronic Low Back Pain With or Without a Neuropathic Component: Resultsof an Open-label Phase 3b Study. Current Medical Research Opinion. 2012; 28(6):911-36


Williams STB,Davies AF, Bryson P. Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome after subtalararthrodesis is not prevented by early hyperbaric oxygen. Pain Physician. 2009; 12: E335-339.


Davies AF, Segar EP, MurdochJ, Wright DE and Wilson IH. Epidural infusion or combined femoral and sciaticnerve blocks as perioperative analgesia for knee arthroplasty. BJA 2004; 93(3): 368-374. Also chosenfor publication in the BJA South African Edition Vol 4. Issue 5.


Davies AF, Vadodaria B,Hopwood B, Dexter T, Conn D. Efficacy of microfiltration in decreasing propofolinduced pain. Anaesthesia 2002;57(6): 557-61.


Rechner IJ, Twigg A, Davies AF, Imong S. Evaluation of the Hemocue for measuringneonatal haemoglobin compared to the Coulter STKS. Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2002;86(3): F188-9.


Goldberg B, DaviesAF. A Methodology for Nurse Workload Measurement Management Services Journal 1984; 28 (5): 8 – 13. 

Standards Document

Davies AF, Wilkinson P. Conducting QualityConsultations in Pain.  Faculty of PainMedicine. Royal College of Anaesthetists. 2015.