Convener: Michelle Holmes

"CCASPR – promoting research is clinical and applied service provision"

Centre for Clinical and Applied Service Provision Research (CASPR)

The purpose of the Centre for Clinical and Applied Service Provision research is to promote contemporary research in the area of health services and provisions research. Members of the centre have interests and expertise in the fields of patient outcomes, paediatrics, professionalism, and pain management and rehabilitation.

CCASPR collaborates with researchers from many countries and across a range of disciplines, including medicine, psychology, public health, and health sciences. CCASPR aims to inform clinical practice and public health policy to nationally and internationally help patients and clinicians manage their health


1. To promote contemporary research in the area of clinical and applied service provisions

2. To conduct multidisciplinary and collaborative research across a range of disciplines to help patients and clinicians manage their health.

3. To generate clinically applicable research, informing clinical practice and public health policy.

Latest News

Online Platforms For Delivery of Specialist Knowledge

Despite the recent unprecedented changes brought about by the recent national, and global health crisis, researchers at the AECC University College continue to engage with our external stakeholders. This has recently resulted in using online platforms for the delivery of specialist knowledge and input into innovative initiatives within the Chiropractic profession.

In April, Professor Dave Newell, our Director of Research delivered an online seminar to students from both the Paris and Toulouse campuses at the l’Institut Franco-Européen de Chiropraxie (IFEC). Professor Newell’s interest and expertise include the influence of contextual factors within a therapeutic encounter. These factors, including the quality of the alliance between the practitioner and patient and language used, amongst other factors not directly related to the treatment provided, has been shown to substantively impact outcomes such as pain in patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Professor Newell’s talk to IFEC students explored the mechanisms and impacts of such factors within the chiropractic encounter. In addition, Professor Newell talked to over 200 UK based chiropractors online in a telehealth forum set up by Dr Jonathan Field, a chiropractor and Research Fellow at University of Southampton Medical School, where Professor Newell is also a Senior Research fellow. The talk explored the impact of the therapeutic alliance, and its importance in the particular context of virtual consultations, an area key to health consultations during the pandemic, and likely to become increasingly important in general to health consultations in the future.

Dr Dave Newll's presentation online Dr Dave Newell's online presentation

Research Funding Success

Michelle Holmes (Lecturer in Research Methods) and Dave Newell (Director of Research) have been awarded funding from the Chiropractic Research Council to explore the feasibility of setting up a practice-based research network (PBRN) for chiropractors in the UK.

The study aims to investigate how to best facilitate setting up a PBRN. This will underpin the development and launch of a Collaborative Research UK Network for Chiropractic (CRUNCh). This PBRN is intended to enhance UK based chiropractic research activity.

The idea initial work for this project was guided by an international steering committee made up of researchers and chiropractic colleagues across different institutions and organisations within the UK and Canada.

We would like to acknowledge them all. Professor David Byfield (Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, University of South Wales, UK), Professor Adrian Hunnisett (McTimoney College of Chiropractic, BPP University, UK) Adjunct Professor André Bussières (School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, CA) and Elisabeth Angier (CRC Chair).

• Webinar for Chiropractors

Michelle Holmes, our lecturer in Research Methods, recently delivered a webinar to members of the Royal College of Chiropractors.

Over 160 people logged in on a Friday night to hear Michelle discussing patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and their use by chiropractors. She gave an overview of her PhD findings, which she is currently completing at the University of Southampton, and gave some handy tips for those planning to use PROMs in their practice.

The talk was well-received, with plenty of questions, and ideas for further research opportunities. If you are interested in Michelle’s research, get in touch with her:

•  Research Success for Recent Graduate

Congratulations to recent graduate Savanna Koebisch who has published a paper from her 3-year research project.

Savanna conducted a systematic review of the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals in rural Canada. Since then, she has worked with her supervisor Jacqui Rix, and unit lead, Michelle Holmes, to publish her project.

You can read Savanna’s review here at the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine now.

Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine

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