Dave Newell

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

Professor of Integrated Musculoskeletal Care, Director of Research, and Reader at the AECC University College, a member of the Senior Management Group and chair of the Staff Development and Research Committee.


Dave Newell graduated from Plymouth University with a Degree in Biological Sciences and subsequently a PhD in molecular biology in 1986. The last 25 years has been spent teaching and researching in chiropractic institutions holding the position of Lecture, Senior Lecturer and Research Director in multiple chiropractic programs in the UK and Australia. He has considerable expertise and experience in teaching the natural sciences, research methodology, critical thinking as well as curriculum design, validation and accreditation of chiropractic and other healthcare related programs. He has successfully supervised at Masters and Doctorate level and has published extensively in areas related to the chiropractic profession and musculoskeletal research fields. 

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, chair of the Staff Development and Research 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 of the institution, managing the research budget and coordinating and facilitating research activity. This involves supporting and advising faculty research and publications, coordinating undergraduate final year dissertations and delivering all undergraduate research teaching. 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 universities.

Areas of Interest

Patient reported outcomes measures (PROMS), Outcomes psychometrics, Service provision research, contextual factors in manual therapy 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)


  • Reconceptualising PROMs as active components of complex interventions
  • Development of smart phone platform for postural assessment and correlation of changes with clinical outcomes
  • Factors associated with examination performance in chiropractic students
  • The UK Elders Study
  • Validity, reliability and responsiveness of the new MSK HQ in a chiropractic patient population:
  • Language as a contextual factor influence treatment efficacy of low back pain
  • Models delivering chiropractic care in partnership with the NHS
  • UK Practice Based Research Network

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


  • Unit Lead for BSc Year 2 Clinical Research Methods

Publications (last 4 years)

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

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

DEWHURST P, RIX R, NEWELL D (2015) Predicting graduation grades in a Masters of Chiropractic program in the UK. J Chiropr Educ ;00(0):1–6 DOI 10.7899/JCE-14-26

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]

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2015.12.003 WFC Award Winning Paper.

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2015.12.001

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

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

NEWELL D, FIELD J (2016) Do characteristics of LBP patients who improve while undergoing chiropractic care differ between NHS and private patients? Bone Joint J Feb, 98-B (SUPP 6) 8

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

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

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

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

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

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 (accepted)