Neil is a Reader in the Physiotherapy Division of the Department of Clinical Sciences. He divides his time between teaching and research and previously worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Neil's research interests focus on the evidence based management of persistent pain and he has published extensively in this area. He also leads and teaches modules on clinical research methods and evidence based practice for pre- and post-graduate clinicians.
Neil is the Co-ordinating editor for the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPaS) group and is on the editorial board on the Journal of Pain. He was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the UK's National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2016 clinical guideline on the management of low back pain and sciatica and was a specialist committee member for the NICE Quality Standard on that topic.
PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCert
Physiotherapy Division lead for the Research Excellence Framework exercise
Department Diretor of Post Graduate Research Studies
- Clinical visiting
- Personal Tutoring
Co-ordinating editor of the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPaS) review group.
Past member of the guideline development group for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline "Management of low back pain and sciatica".
Past senior commissioning editor and contributer to the science blog “Body in Mind”. This blog represents an international collaboration of researchers with an interest in chronic pain, perception and the brain and aims to present current research in a format that is accessible and fun for the lay-reader. The blog can be found here: www.bodyinmind.org and his blogposts here: http://bodyinmind.org/author/neil/
Chronic pain, evidence based practice, musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Newest selected publications
Cashin, AG., Wand, BM., OConnell, NE., Lee, H., Rizzo, RRN., Bagg, MK., (2022) 'Pharmacological treatments for low back pain in adults: an overview of Cochrane Reviews'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. ISSN: 1469-493X Open Access Linket al.
Bagg, MK., Wand, BM., Cashin, AG., Lee, H., Hubscher, M., Stanton, TR., (2022) 'Effect of graded sensorimotor retraining on pain intensity in patients with chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trial'. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 328 (5). pp. 430 - 439. ISSN: 0098-7484 Open Access Linket al.
MacRae, CS., Roche, AJ., Sinnett, TJ. and O'Connell, NE. (2022) 'What is the evidence for efficacy, effectiveness and safety of surgical interventions for plantar fasciopathy? A systematic review'. PLoS One, 17 (5). pp. 1 - 23. ISSN: 1932-6203 Open Access Link
Smart, KM., Ferraro, MC., Wand, BM. and O'Connell, NE. (2022) 'Physiotherapy for pain and disability in adults with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) types I and II'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2022 (5). pp. CD010853. ISSN: 1465-1858 Open Access Link
Boniface, G., Sanchez-Santos, ME., Norris, M., O'Connell, NE., Williamson, E. and Lamb, SE. (2022) 'Understanding prescribed dose in hand strengthening exercise for rheumatoid arthritis: a secondary analysis of the SARAH trial'. Musculoskeletal Care, 20 (4). pp. 899 - 907. ISSN: 1478-2189 Open Access Link