Nev is heavily involved in medical research. He is the lead for paediatric trauma & orthopaedic research at The Royal Berkshire Hospital.

What is Clinical Research ?

A Clinical Research study involves using human volunteers (also called participants). The results, analysis and conclusions from the study are intended to add information to medical knowledge. There are two main types of clinical studies: clinical trials (also called interventional studies) and observational studies.

In lay terms this usually means comparing one form of treatment with another to see which is best.

Previous Research Studies at The Royal Berkshire – Nev was the Principle Investigator (PI)

The Dinosaur Project – this was a multicentred pilot study looking at antibiotic therapy in treatment of children’s bone and joint infection. We helped to recruit patients from the Royal Berkshire to the study. The paper was published in 2017 – click here to view

BOSS Study – This was a nationwide collaborative UK study looking in detail at patients with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis and Perthes’ Disease. The results will be presented by BOSS chief researcher Prof. Dan Perry at BSCOS 2021 in Manchester.

Current Research Studies that Nev is Principle Investigator (PI):

SCIENCE Study – This is a multicentred randomised control trial comparing non operative treatment (a plaster cast) vs operative treatment (surgical fixation) of a particular type of elbow injury called a medial epicondyle fracture.

CRAFFT Study – This is the latest study about to start at the Royal Berkshire looking at the treatment of displaced wrist fractures in children.

Current Research Studies that Nev is Co-Investigator (CI):

FORCE Study – This study is seeking to improve the treatment of children who have a minor injury to their wrist called a torus (or buckle) fracture. These injuries are common, and the study compares treatment with a removable splint vs treatment with a bandage.

The Genesis Project – This novel study is the first of its kind in Europe and is being led by Reading based Interventional Radiologist Prof. Mark Little. It is looking at the outcomes of geniculate capillary embolization as an alternative treatment for early to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee. This is where tiny particles are injected into arteries around the knee in order to block the capillaries of the knee lining.

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I had a knee arthroscopy to removed and clean up damaged cartilage after 6 years of repeated injury and dislocation from playing sport. I had been putting off the idea of surgery, but it was a great decision to finally get it seen to. I couldn't be happier with the results so far, and in less time than expected. Running, squats and climbing stair caused pain, and a lot more cracking than a 22 year old's knee should have! Now 2 weeks after the op, and following the physio exercises given after the operations, I am driving and climbing/ descending stairs without a problem and on the road to a full recover and hoping to get back to regular exercise within the next few weeks.

I came to see you approximately four years ago and talked through the pros and cons of having an ACL replacement following an ACL rupture in my right knee I suffered playing an ill- advised game of beach volley ball on holiday in Antigua. I went ahead with the operation which you successfully performed at the Dunedin Hospital in Reading, I got on with my rehab and I now just wanted to let you to know that I will be running the London Marathon in three weeks (and raising money for Whizz-Kidz a disability charity for young people.) This letter is just a belated thank you for enabling this to happen.

Mr Davies is a fantastic surgeon he put in a half knee joint in my right knee I have no problem with it ever since the operation in August last year. I have no more pain in my knee at all. I would recommend him to anyone.

Mr Nev Davies has a very pleasant manner and was easy to talk to. The service provided was efficient, quickly identified the problems I had and was able to recommend treatment close to where I live.


  • General Medical Council (GMC) Membership
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS(Eng.))
  • British Medical Association (BMA)
  • British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
  • British Society of Children's Orthopaedic Surgery (BSCOS)
  • British Association of Surgery of the Knee (BASK)
  • AO European Trauma Group
  • British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association (BOSTAA)