Maurice Cheng, the NCOR Chair, said of the appointment: “Dr Draper-Rodi stood out in a very strong field of candidates for his breadth of experience of clinical research both within and beyond osteopathic practice, his vision for NCOR and his infectious enthusiasm for building collaboration and teamwork. NCOR has worked hard for its reputation for research excellence and objective credibility over the last 19 years, and plays a critical role in working with the educators, the profession at large, the Institute of Osteopathy, and the General Osteopathic Council to ensure that osteopaths are continually better recognised for their part in supporting patient care and the health of the public.”
Jerry will take over the role from Professor Dawn Carnes, who has developed NCOR over the last nine years, bringing in key programmes in the areas of evidence dissemination, safety and risk, paediatric care and the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) tool, now used not just in the UK but increasingly across mainland Europe. Professor Carnes commented:
“As the current Director, who is stepping down to pursue new adventures, I am delighted with Dr Draper-Rodi’s appointment. He has a unique skillset and some great ideas to take NCOR into the next phase of its evolution, It’s an exciting time for osteopathy and I wish Jerry every success in his new role.”
Dr Draper-Rodi responded: “NCOR is a fantastic asset for the profession, and I’m delighted to have been appointed. Prof Dawn Carnes leaves a legacy of excellence in osteopathic research: I plan to build on this and focus on developing collaborative research projects that are relevant and useful for clinicians and patients. I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with all of the charity’s stakeholders, and particularly delighted to be working with Dr Carol Fawkes who has also been key to NCOR’s success. I would like to thank the Board for their trust in me and I’m very much looking forward to continuing to build NCOR’s activities and network.”
Dr Draper-Rodi will formally move into post on 1 November 2021.