Dr Davies qualified in medicine from St. George’s Hospital Medical School (University of London) in 1987, and obtained an MSc in Palliative Medicine from University of Bristol in 1999, and a MD from the University of London in 2000. He trained in general medicine, before specialising in Palliative Medicine. He is Clinical Director of Supportive & Palliative Care at the Royal Surrey County Hospital / St. Luke’s Cancer Centre, having been a Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at the University of Bristol, and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Surrey. He is the CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Cancer Specialty Lead for Palliative Care, and heads up a dedicated research team based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. His research interests include cancer pain (especially breakthrough cancer pain), oral problems, and end-of-life care. Currently, he is in receipt of a grant from the NIHR / RfPB to undertake a cluster randomised trial of parenteral fluids at the end-of-life (feasibility study).