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Dr Nathan Davies
Primary Care and Population Health
Royal Free Campus
Tel: +44 (0)20 310 866 16
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  • Associate Professor
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
  • Deputy Director of NIHR Research Design Service
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr Davies is Associate Professor of Ageing and Applied Health Research. He is Deputy Director for the Centre for Ageing Population Studies and Deputy Director for the NIHR Research Design Service at UCL. 

He was awarded an NIHR School for Primary Care Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2015-2017) and an Alzheimer’s Society Fellowship (2017-2021).He is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

He and his team have been awarded:

•Alzheimer's Society, Dementia Hero award for research in 2021. In recognition for the ENDEMIC teams work on dementia and COVID-19.

•Alzheimer's Society, Dementia Research Leaders Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Research in 2019

•The Royal College of General Practitioners and Society for Academic Primary Care, Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher in 2017.  

He was appointed as a member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Commissioning Funding Panel in 2021 and a member of the Marie Curie Research Funding Committee in 2021. 

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Research Summary

His main research interests are in the fields of ageing, dementia, palliative care, social care and clinical decision making.

He has secured funding from various funders, including: Marie Curie, The Alzheimer’s Society, ESRC and the NIHR, totaling over £10 million. His recent work has developed a toolkit of rules-of-thumb for social and health care practitioners making end of life care decisions for people with dementia. This has successfully been implemented in social care teams including care homes, NHS trusts, general practice, and has been used to inform local guidelines and policy documents. The toolkit is also being used for training by organisations including the Alzheimer's Society, independent nurse consultants, and community nursing teams. They are currently being used in a mass training programme across Greater Manchester with all care home staff.

In 2020 he secured funding from the ESRC/UKRI Covid-19 fund to develop a decision guide to support carers of people with dementia who have Covid-19 making decisions about their care at the end of life. This guide is used in the NHS and was implemented in the national NHS England Dementia Covid-19 wellbeing care pathway.

You can watch the following talks Nathan gave discussing his latest work: 



Teaching Summary


Nathan regularly supervises masters students and is currently supervising 10 PhD students in primary care, population health, psychiatry, neurology and medical education. He has three completed students to date. He mentors and supervises post-doctoral researchers across health and social care, as well as clinical fellows.

Course lead - Qualitative Data Analysis, Qualitative Research Methods in Health.


Deputy Programme Lead - iBSc Primary Care Research and Clinical Practice

Module Lead - Research methods and dissertation, iBSc Primary Care Research and Clinical Practice

Module Lead - Qualitative Research Methods, BSc Population Health

He also teaches sessions on the following programmes:

MBBS year 5 Using evidence in general practice 

Research Methods, BSc Population Health (year 1)

MSc Dementia: Causes, treatment and research (mental health)

MBBS Year 2 - SSC An evolving general practice

25-MAY-2020 Adjunct Senior Research Fellow Menzies Health Institute Queensland Griffith University, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2017 – 30-MAY-2021 Senior Research Fellow Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2015 NIHR School for Primary Care Post-Doctoral Fellow Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-APR-2015 Adjunct Fellow   Griffith University, Australia
Academic Background
2019   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2010   Master of Science University of Swansea
2009   Bachelor of Science University of Exeter
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