National Council for Osteopathic Research

2nd March 2019:
Clinical Conundrums

Thank you to all our speakers and delegates who made this a great conference!

NCOR are delighted to announce our conference on “Clinical Conundrums” will take place on 2nd March 2019. This full day of lectures and interactive exercises will feature the latest research on exploring and managing uncertainty in a variety of clinical situations.

Uncertainty is common in clinical practice, and tolerance of uncertainty is an essential skill. Patients seek information from their clinician in order to make informed decisions about their care. But uncertainty around this information might be difficult to communicate, and the patient’s perspective may vary from the clinician’s.

Lack of experience can contribute to uncertainty and fear that clinicians experience when handling patient complaints. However, experience alone is no guarantee of protection, since a lack of knowledge regarding common complaints is itself associated with attracting patient complaints. Regulators are obliged to make serious complaints a matter of public record, but minor complaints might be resolved within the clinic, so learning from these incidents is less straightforward.

This full-day conference will include presentations as well as interactive and group participation. NCOR will provide a certificate of attendance for all delegates which is suitable to add to your reflective continuous professional development (CPD) folder.


Dr Jeremy Howick Dr Jeremy Howick
Director, the Oxford Empathy Programme, University of Oxford
The roles of placebo and empathy in the clinical encounter.
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Dr Alan Taylor Dr Alan Taylor
Assistant Professor Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at Nottingham University
The neck: cervical artery dysfunction and clinical uncertainty.
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Dr Dave Newell Dr Dave Newell
Director of research at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic
The role of contextual effects in musculoskeletal practice.
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Dr Dawn Carnes Dr Dawn Carnes
Director of NCOR
Concerns and complaints in the osteopathic profession.
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Dr Phil Bright Dr Phil Bright
Head of Research at the European School of Osteopathy
Which exercises are right for my patient?
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Dr Moira Kelly Dr Moira Kelly
Honourary senior lecturer in medical sociology at Queen Mary University London
Patient-centred decision making.
Slides pending.

Please note these details may be liable to unforeseen changes.

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The venue will be the Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Building, 4 Newark Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AT. You can read more about this lecture theatre and the Blizard Institute here:


Start time End time
9am 10am Registration
10am 10:15am Introduction
10:15am 11am Dr Jeremy Howick
11:15am 12 midday Dr Alan Taylor
12:15pm 1pm Dr Moira Kelly
1:45pm 2:30pm Dr Phil Bright
2:45pm 3:30pm Dr Dave Newell
3:45pm 4:30pm Dr Dawn Carnes

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