Dr Anthony Davies

Dr Anthony Davies

Director of Clinical Studies & Honorary Clinical Associate Professor

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)



Director of Clinical Studies PSM

As Director of Clinical Studies I am one of three ‘Co-Directors’ of the BMBS curriculum.The three Directors are responsible for achieving the programme outcomes according to Outcomes for Graduates and for ensuring compliance with the GMC’s Promoting Excellence: standards for medical education and training (2015) and to ensure the curriculum remains contemporary and fit for the purpose of producing graduates that are well prepared for practice. I am part of the senior education team in PSM and contribute to the strategic leadership and management of the teaching, learning and assessment committees and curriculum groups.

Clinical Lead of Human Sciences PSM

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

Clinical roles

Consultant in Pain Medicine


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

1986     RGN                                                  

1991     MB BS (Distinction)                        

1997     FRCA (London)


2003     MSc in 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 Medicine RCA

Member of Professional Standards Committee, Faculty of Pain Medicine RCA



Teaching interests

Previously PCMD and PSM Lead for Communication Skills.

Provide plenaries, tutorials and workshops on acute and chronic pain for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical programmes.

Provide learning on acute and chronic pain for allied healthcare professionals including nursing staff, physiotherapists, psychologists and physician associates.

Lead author of the Consultation Standards document for the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

Lead for the Faculty of Pain Medicine Fellowship examination standard setting.

Clinical educational lead for student led undergraduate Grand Rounds at PSM.

Developed clinical provider benchmarking assessment tools.

Developed Genera lpractice VTS scheme workshops on Central Sensitivity Syndromes.



Research interests

My main research interest is in translational research relating to Central Sensitivity Syndromes. I have assisted in the development of a new conceptual model, the ‘Hyland model’ to help explain Fibromyalgia to patients. Specific therapeutic group programmes have been developed to facilitate recovery. This has been a collaborative venture between Plymouth NHS Hospitals Trust, Plymouth University and Marjon’s University. Website: www.bodyreprogramming.org


I am currently completing a medical education research project titled “Sorting the wheat from the chaff”. This is based on a realist evaluation of cross-cutting themes being delivered via workshop methodology within the PSM undergraduate programme.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted


Collett T, 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, Davies AF. A Methodology for Nurse Workload Measurement Management Services Journal 1984; 28 (5): 8 – 13.

Standards Document

Davies AF, Wilkinson P. Conducting Quality Consultations in Pain. Faculty of Pain Medicine. Royal College of Anaesthetists. 2015.

Vij M, Davies A, Dua A & Freeman R (2018) 'The proportion of women with central sensitivity syndrome in gynecology outpatient clinics (GOPDs)' International Urogynecology Journal 30, (3) 483-488 , DOI
Hyland ME, Hinton C, Hill C, Whalley B, Jones RC & Davies AF (2016) 'Explaining unexplained pain to fibromyalgia patients: finding a narrative that is acceptable to patients and provides a rationale for evidence based interventions' British Journal of Pain , DOI Open access
Davies AF, Segar EP, Murdoch J, Wright DE & Wilson IH (2004) 'Epidural infusion or combined femoral and sciatic nerve blocks as perioperative analgesia for knee arthroplasty' British Journal of Anaesthesia 93, (3) 368-374