The UK university at Teesside has announced its plan to offer a chiropractic degree. The course will be hosted by its School of Health and Life Sciences and the Department of Allied Health Professions. The designated course leader, Daniel Moore, explains:

“The benefit for us when we developed this curriculum from a blank canvas was not only exciting, but it granted an opportunity for us to do things in a slightly different way.  The placement model is something I feel we may see more of in the future because the benefit it gives students is significant from a confidence point of view, and provides interaction with both the profession and patients from the first semester.  We also could create our modules from scratch giving us the ability to build context into historically quite fixed modular content whilst staying mapped to the education standards.  We also give all students iPads from the start of their degree which will allow us to collaborate and communicate in a really unique and beneficial way throughout the course.”

“I have always been interested in knowledge transfer, and how as individuals we learn and how we develop ourselves.  Part of my draw to being a chiropractor was my wanting to help people become the best version of themselves.  So it isn’t a great leap to the higher educational world where my goal now is similar, facilitating and leading people towards being the best chiropractor they can be.  They can then move into the profession and make a positive impact themselves.  I feel I can make a positive difference to the profession here, and that is important to me.”

“My goal in my mind is clear.  To create chiropractors that are safe, competent and confident, to go into practice and add value to the chiropractic profession.  I also hope I can create students that are excited to graduate and practice chiropractic, I feel we have a lot to offer as chiropractors and students should be excited about that opportunity.”

“I am from the North East of England, so have an affinity to this region.  I am passionate about chiropractic and think my history, since being a student shows my willingness to represent that.  I was a student member of the NMSK faculty of the College of Medicine as well as being on WIOC Student Council for 4 years.  I then moved into practice where I took on delivery of CPD events for the RCC, qualified as an FA Medical Tutor, I was also involved in writing initial material for the RCC’s online Quality Standards offering, and have been involved in multiple British Masters Athletics Medical Team events with a great group of people over the years.  I am a dad, to two wonderful boys and a husband to Elaine (also a chiropractor and BCA member).  I keep myself fit, and race Cross Country Mountain Bikes and Cyclocross to a national level and plan on competing at the World Masters Championships this August all things being well. Now I lead the chiropractic course at Teesside and I am planning my PhD, I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities that lay ahead.”

Allow me to add a few points and ask a few questions:

  1. Mr Moore wants to ‘create chiropractors that are safe, competent and confident’. How about creating therapists who are effective in curing or alleviating disease or symptoms? Has he perhaps realised that, in chiropractic, this is not possible? Do his peers at Teesside know that chiropractic does not generate more good than harm?
  2. I am fascinated to learn that Mr Moore is now planning to do his PhD. Should a higher degree not have been a precondition to becoming a course leader in academia?
  3. As far as I can see, Mr Moore has never published a single paper in the peer-reviewed literature. Should a track record in research not have been a precondition to becoming a course leader in academia?
  4. Does the University of Teesside know that even the most proper (and I fear the course does not even appear to be proper) teaching of nonsense must result in nonsense?
  5. Have they taken leave of their senses at Teesside university?

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