The CRC is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul McCambridge as the CRC-funded PhD student at the University of Southampton. This is the first of two PhD posts to be filled as part of ‘the Southampton initiative’. This 5-year initiative saw the appointment of a Visiting Research Fellow within the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, in September 2017, and the provision of 2 PhD posts examining the integration of chiropractic services into existing healthcare systems, commencing in 2018 and 2019.

Paul will start his PhD evaluating the ‘triage and treat’ model, delivering chiropractic care in partnership with a primary care group, in December. This study will determine how chiropractors might integrate into existing healthcare systems and help to alleviate the ever-increasing burden that low back pain and other MSK conditions place on our already over-stretched healthcare systems.
Paul’s PhD will explore the unique pathway jointly provided by a GP primary care group and a group of chiropractic clinics, recording both qualitative data from the patients’ and clinicians’ perspective, together with quantitative data concerning outcome measures, cost, utilisation rates and referral methods.

Paul was selected from several strong candidates after a rigorous application and interview process conducted by a panel of academics and researchers at the University of Southampton in June of this year. He is delighted to have this opportunity to pursue his PhD and can’t wait to get started! He said, “I’m very excited to be part of this research opportunity which I feel can be a key step in helping to understand how the Chiropractic profession can become a vital cog in collaborative MSK management in primary health care settings. The findings of this research can be pivotal to the growth and future of the profession additionally improving current standards and applications of healthcare service delivery. I’d like to thank the CRC for helping assimilate this great project and I’m very grateful to be working in this field.”

Paul has an undergraduate degree in Sports Science, and a Masters in Intergrated Health and Chiropractic. As well as his time working as a chiropractic clinician, Paul has worked in private hospitals as an Exercise Physiologist, and delivers CPD training to health-care and exercise professionals regarding biopsychosocial exercise rehabilitation. He recently presented at the BCA Autumn Conference sharing research on “Self Management – how to make it work for patients and practitioners”, and has previously spoken at Google HQ in London on “The importance of Play” amongst various speaking highlights. He is very active on social media, sharing his passion for research and critical thinking.

We wish Paul the best of luck with his studies and can’t wait to see the published results!