peter-dixonPeter Dixon, Former BCA President and current President of the Royal College of Chiropractors, has been appointed as a Fellow of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE is an independent, Government-sponsored organisation that aims to improve outcomes for users of NHS and public health and social care services by producing evidence-based guidance, and developing quality standards and performance metrics, for those who provide and commission the services. A NICE Fellowship is an opportunity for experienced leaders within the field of health and social care to become ambassadors for NICE and offers the opportunity to work closely with NICE to help promote high quality care and develop new ways of working across the health and social care sector.

Peter has has held a range of senior leadership positions in chiropractic including Chair of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). He was a member of the guideline development committee for the first NICE guidance on Low Back Pain. He has also been a member of the BCA for well over 30 years. Peter commented, “from starting work for the BCA as the first editor of it’s magazine and subsequently joining the BCA Council in 1986, I have been constantly involved in the development of the chiropractic profession in this country and internationally.  While it is one thing to talk to members of the profession, who are generally supportive of progress, this appointment will give me the opportunity to talk to the wider healthcare community and decision makers both in the area of MSK and with regards to the greater healthcare debate.  NICE has a very influential role to play and I look forward to working with them and I am very grateful for all the support I have received from colleagues throughout my career which has made this appointment possible.”

Catherine Quinn, President of the BCA, also commented, “The British Chiropractic Association are delighted that our Past President, Peter Dixon, has been honoured by NICE with a Fellowship. Peter has been an innovative and influential leader in the profession for many years and continues to dedicate himself to the development of the chiropractic profession. We are proud to have someone of Peters calibre within our Association. The package of care provided by chiropractors plays an important role in providing treatment options to patients and this appointment further highlights the need for healthcare decision making to be truly collaborative and multi-disciplinary.”