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National Council for Osteopathic Research appoints new Director

18 June 2021

Dr Jerry Draper-Rodi has been appointed as Director for the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR), taking over the role from Professor Dawn Carnes.

NCOR is dedicated to the advancement of osteopathic research, and the promotion of the use of information and evidence to support osteopathic clinical practice and training.

GOsC provides support to NCOR’s activities, as part of a coalition of stakeholder organisations concerned with the quality of patient care, which also includes professional membership body the Institute of Osteopathy, the Osteopathic Foundation, the Council of Osteopathic Educational Institutions, the Sutherland Cranial College and the Osteopathic Alliance.

Speaking about the appointment, Matthew Redford, GOsC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: ‘We very much welcome the appointment of Dr Jerry Draper-Rodi and look forward to working with Jerry to continue to support NCOR in developing and enhancing the evidence base within osteopathy. I would also very much like to thank Dawn for her hard work, dedication and commitment to collaborative working over the past nine years. Dawn has achieved so much during her time in post from the work on PROMs, through to the annual NCOR Concerns and Complaints report and we wish Dawn every success for the future’.

Jerry will take over the role from Professor Dawn Carnes, who has developed NCOR since 2012 and brought in key programmes in the areas of evidence dissemination, safety and risk, paediatric care and the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) tool.

Maurice Cheng, NCOR Chair, said: ‘Dr Draper-Rodi stood out in a very strong field of candidates for his breadth of experience of clinical research both within and beyond osteopathic practice, his vision for NCOR and his infectious enthusiasm for building collaboration and teamwork’.

Dr Jerry Draper-Rodi is a Senior Research Fellow at the University College of Osteopathy and an academic clinician. His current roles include working as a Research Lecturer, and running an osteopathic practice in Oxfordshire. Jerry was awarded a Professional Doctorate in Osteopathy in 2016.

Jerry said: ‘NCOR is a fantastic asset for the profession, and I’m delighted to have been appointed. Professor Dawn Carnes leaves a legacy of excellence in osteopathic research: I plan to build on this and focus on developing collaborative research projects that are relevant and useful for clinicians and patients’.

Jerry will take up the position on 1 November 2021.