Professor Dave Newell

BSc, PgCert, PhD, FRCC (Hon), FEAC - Professor of Integrated Musculoskeletal Care and AECC University College Director of Research

Dave Newell is Professor of Integrated Musculoskeletal Care, Director of Research, member of the Senior Management Group and chair of the Research and Innovation Committee.


Professor Dave Newell graduated from Plymouth University with an honour’s degree in Biological Sciences and subsequently a PhD in molecular biology in 1986. The last 30 years have been spent teaching and researching in higher education both in the UK and internationally, holding Lecture, Senior Lecturer and Research Director in multiple chiropractic and health-related programs. He has considerable expertise and experience in teaching the natural sciences, research methodology and critical thinking, curriculum design and validation and accreditation of healthcare-related programs. He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate master’s and Doctorate level and has published extensively in areas related to musculoskeletal in general and the chiropractic profession in particular.

Current Activity

Dave Newell is currently Professor of Integrated Musculoskeletal Care and Director of Research at the AECC University College, a member of the Senior Management Group and chair of the Research and Innovation Committee. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

He is responsible for creating and implementing the AECC University College research strategy, managing the institutional research budget and coordinating and facilitating research activity with Heads of Schools. He is also involved in the supervision and management of multiple PhD students and multiple research projects in collaboration with a wide range of national and international academic and clinical groups.

Areas of Interest

  • Patient reported outcomes measures (PROMS) and outcomes psychometrics
  • Service provision research
  • Contextual factors in the therapeutic encounter
  • Tele and digital health.


  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
  • PGCert Computational Biology
  • PhD Molecular Biology


  • Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors (Hon)
  • Fellow of the European Academy of Chiropractic
  • Fellow of the British Chiropractic Association (Hon)


View/download Dave Newell's research in the AECC University College Research Repository. 

Grants (Previous 3 years)

NEWELL, HOLMES (2020) Patient experiences and satisfaction with chiropractic care: A UK based study commissioned by the General Chiropractic Council. £29,852.

HOLMES, NEWELL, BYFIELD, HUNNISETT, BUSSIÈRES, ANGIER (2020) Development of a chiropractic practice-based research network: Collaborative Research UK Network for Chiropractic (CRUNCh) £24,735..

NEWELL, HOLMES (2019) Program for Early Researchers in Chiropractic. £2,000.

BISHOP, NEWELL (2019) PhD Studentship: What contextual factors predict outcome in patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment? £24,000.

NEWELL, FIELD (2018) UK ELDERS (BACE) Cohort Study. £13,484.

NEWELL (2018) Program for Early Researchers in Chiropractic. £2,000.

BISHOP, NEWELL, BRADBURY (2017) PhD Studentship: A critical examination of the role of acupuncture in health behaviour change. £23,700. 

NEWELL, CLARKE, KILLINGBACK AND BISHOP (2017): PhD Studentship: Can language as a contextual factor influence treatment efficacy of low back pain? £48,000.

Publications (Previous 5 years)

COTE, P ET AL. (2020) The Global Summit on the Efficacy and Effectiveness of Spinal Manipulative Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Non-musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies (In Press).

FARMER C, O’CONNOR D, LEE H, MCCAFFREY K, MAHER C, NEWELL D, CASHIN A, BYFIELD D, JARVIK J, BUCHBINDER R (2020) Consumer understanding of terms used in imaging reports requested for low back pain. British Journal of Sports Medicine (In Press).

J W PINTO, F L BISHOP, K BRADBURY, D NEWELL, P DEADMAN (2020) Lifestyle and behaviour change in traditional acupuncture practice: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis (CIS) of qualitative and quantitative research. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (In Press).

ALAN D. JENKS, TRYNKE HOEKSTRA, IBEN AXÉN, KATIE DE LUCA, JONATHAN FIELD, DAVE NEWELL, JAN HARTVIGSEN, SIMON D. FRENCH, BART KOES, MAURITS W. VAN TULDER, SIDNEY M. RUBINSTEIN (2020) BAck Complaints in the Elders - Chiropractic (BACE-C): Design of a cohort study in chiropractic care. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 28, 17.

RIX J, DEWHURST P, COOKE C, AND NEWELL D (2020) Non-academic Qualities as Predictors of Performance in an Undergraduate Healthcare Program. The Journal of Chiropractic Education.

JONATHAN FIELD, MICHELLE M HOLMES, DAVE NEWELL (2019) PROMs data: can it be used to make decisions for individual patients? A narrative review. Patient Related Outcome Measures 10 233–241.

GÍSLASON H, SALMINEN J, LINN SANDHAUGEN L, STORBRÅTEN A, RENSKE VERSLOOT R, ROUGE I, NEWEL D (2019) The Shape of Chiropractic in Europe: A cross sectional survey of chiropractor’s beliefs and practice. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 27:16.

HOLMES M, BISHOP FL, NEWELL D, FIELD J, LEWITH G (2018) Chiropractors’ views on the use of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice: a qualitative study. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 26:50.

RIX J, DEWHURST P, COOKE C, AND NEWELL D (2018) Engagement as predictors of performance in a single cohort of undergraduate chiropractic students. J Chiropr Educ 2018;00(0):000–000 DOI 10.7899/JCE-17-8.

STEELE J, BRUCE-LOW S, OSBORNE N, NEWELL D. (2017) Variability in strength, pain and disability changes in response to an isolated lumbar extension resistance training intervention in participants with chronic low back Pain. Healthcare 5, 75.

NEWELL D, LOTHE L, RAVEN TL (2017). Contextually Aided Recovery (CARe): A scientific theory for innate healing. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 25: 6. 

NEWELL D, FIELD J (2016) Do characteristics of LBP patients who improve while undergoing chiropractic care differ between NHS and private patients? Orthopaedic Proceedings. vol. 98-B no. SUPP 6 8.

NEWELL D and LEWITH G (2016) Alternative, Complementary or Orthodox: What is real medicine? European Journal for Person Centred Healthcare. Vol 4 Issue 3.

HOLMES M, LEWITH, NEWELL, FIELD J, BISHOP D (2016) The impact of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice for pain: A Systematic Review. Quality of Life Research. doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1449-5.

DEWHURST P, RIX R, NEWELL D (2016) Predicting graduation grades in a Master of Chiropractic program in the UK. J Chiropr Educ ;00(0):1–6 DOI 10.7899/JCE-14-26.

HOLMES M, BISHOP F, LEWITH G, NEWELL D and FIELD J (2015) Research protocol for a feasibility study: The effect and mechanisms of patient-reported outcomes when used in specialist musculoskeletal care settings for patients with low back pain. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 7(6):680-681

ULUSAN A, VITIELLO A, NEWELL, D. (2015). Development of an effective and low-cost system to monitor PROMS using mobile technology and the internet: An exploratory trial of the Patient Health Information (phi) software application. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 14(2): 150.

NEWELL D, BOLTON J and DIMENT E (2015) Using an electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures system in UK chiropractic practices: a feasibility study of routine collection of outcomes and costs. J. Manipulative and Physical Therapies.

D NEWELL, D BYFIELD, N OSBORNE, J FIELD (2105) Using patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) to inform clinical decisions during chiropractic undergraduate clinical training: Barriers and opportunities. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine: 14;2.

FIELD J and NEWELL D (2015) Clinical Outcomes in a Large Cohort of Musculoskeletal Patients Undergoing Chiropractic Care in the United Kingdom: A Comparison of Self- and National Health Service–Referred Routes. J. Manipulative and Physical Therapies WFC Award Winning Paper. 

NICOL R, NEWELL D, ROBINSON NICOL M, HOPFE M (2015) Linking the Bournemouth Questionnaire for low back pain to the International Classification of Functioning. Disabil Rehabil. Oct 12:1-8. [Epub ahead of print].

FIKAR PE, EDLUND KA, NEWELL D (2015) Current Preventative and Health Promotional Care Offered to Patients by Chiropractors in the United Kingdom: A Survey. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 23:10.

GLITHRO S, NEWELL D, BURROWS L, HUNNISETT A, CUNLIFFE C (2015) Detection of suspicious skin lesions, screening and referral behavior of UK based manual therapists. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 23:5.

NEWELL D, FIELD J AND POLLARD D (2015) Using the STarT back tool: Does timing of stratification matter? Manual Therapy 20 (4): 533–539.

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