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
Bagg, MK., Lo, S., Cashin, AG., Herbert, RD., O'Connell, NE., Lee, H., (2021) 'The RESOLVE Trial for people with chronic low back pain: statistical analysis plan'. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 25 (1). pp. 103 - 111. ISSN: 1413-3555et al.
Cashin, AG., Wand, BM., O'Connell, NE., Lee, H., Bagg, MK., O'Hagan, E., (2020) 'Pharmacological treatments for low back pain in adults: an overview of Cochrane Reviews'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2020 (12). ISSN: 1465-1858et al.
O'Connell, NE., Gibson, W., Rice, ASC., Vase, L., Coyle, D. and Eccleston, C. (2020) 'Implanted spinal neuromodulation interventions for chronic pain in adults'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2020 (10). ISSN: 1465-1858
Boniface, G., Ghandi, V., Norris, M., Williamson, E., Kirtley, S. and O'Connell, NE. (2020) 'A systematic review exploring the evidence reported to underpin exercise dose in clinical trials of rheumatoid arthritis'. Rheumatology, 59 (11). pp. 3147 - 3157. ISSN: 1462-0324 Open Access Link
Travers, MJ., O'Connell, NE., Tugwell, P., Eccleston, C. and Gibson, W. (2020) 'Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for chronic pain: the opportunity to begin again'. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 4 (4). pp. ED000139. ISSN: 1469-493X