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BSc Hons Biology, Doctor of Chiropractic(DC), MPhil, FBCA, FRCC, FFEAC


David Byfield graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada in 1979 and has been in private practice and chiropractic education for the past 36 years. He is currently a Principal Lecturer, Head of the Chiropractic in the School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice , the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education. David is also Head of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University..

David holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (1974) and an MPhil degree from Southampton University, Southampton UK (1998). David holds Fellowship status with the College of Chiropractors and the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Chiropractic Orthopaedic, Associate Member of the Sports & Exercise Faculty, Fellow of the British Chiropractic Association and Founding Fellow of the European Academy of Chiropractic. David Byfield is also a Regional Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He written two popular chiropractic textbooks (Chiropractic Manipulative Skills, 1st ed 1996, and 2nd ed 2005 & A Manual Therapist�s Guide to Surface Anatomy and Palpation Skills, January 2002). David has also published a new text "Technique Skills in Chiropractic, 2012) and in addition has also published a number of scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature and a number of book chapters covering diagnostic palpation, spinal manipulation and rehabilitation. David is currently writing and editing a new textbook, “Technique Skills in Chiropractic”, which is due for publication in 2011.

David Byfield is also an invited speaker at a number of professional and interdisciplinary meetings and conferences worldwide. He is currently an elected member of the General Chiropractic Council in the UK and currently sits on their Education Committee, Health Committee and Communications Strategy Working Group.

Main Teaching Areas

Chiropractic Modules – CH2S04, CH3S09 chiropractic skills.
Chiropractic Clinic Module – CH4T02 – Clinic training.
Contemporarty Topics – CH4H06
Communication Skills – Foundation – CH0S01


Head of Welsh Institute of Chiropractic – Service.
Delivery and Budget.
Clinic Module Leader.
Head of Chiropractic Division – Academic planning, staff appraisals, annual monitoring, assessment strategy.



�Chiropractic Manipulative Skills�, authored and edited, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK, first edition published Jan. 1996. (reprinted 2000)

�A Manual Therapist�s Guide to Surface Anatomy and Palpation Skills�, co-authors David Byfield & Stuart Kinsinger, Butterworth-Heinemann, first edition published April 2002. (reprinted 2002)

�Chiropractic Manipulative Skills�, authored and edited, Elsevier, London, second edition published April 2005.

“Technique Skills in Chiropractic”, authored and edited, Elsevier, London, first edition, published 2011

Book Chapters

�Spinal Rehabilitation and stabilisation for the geriatric patient with back pain. In Chiropractic Care of the Older Patient, ed B. Gleberzon, Butterworth-Heinemann, Jan 2001.

�The Posterior Joint Syndromes: Zygapophysial & Sacroiliac Joints�, David Byfield, Peter McCarthy, Mark Webster, Vince Cascioli, (Craig Morris editor), McGraw � Hill Publishers, (Jan 2006).


  • School Ethics Committee � HLaSS � 2003 – present (external member)
  • DRPC � School of Care Sciences � 2003 � 2005 (external member)
  • DQAC � School of Computing � 2004 � present (external member)
  • SApS Criminal Records Bureau Review Panel
  • School of Applied Sciences Senior Management Team
  • Faculty of Health, Sport & Science Shadow Faculty Board
  • Faculty Quality Assurance Committee � FAT � External Member
  • Faculty of Health, Sport and Science Faculty Board – Chair

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) (#1461)
  • Registered member of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC)(#00611) UK
  • Member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) � 1979 � 1987; 1994 – 1998
  • Member of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) � 1985 – present
  • Member of the Society for Back Pain Research (SBPR) � 1989- 1994 ; 1999 � present
  • Member of Canadian Society of Chiropractic Evaluators, 1996- present


Currently preparing R2 Documentation for Submission of PhD by Portfolio.

Research projects investigating chiropractic manipulative skills assessment criteria and examiner reliability.

Acquisition of manipulative skills

Research Interests

Chronic Pain management, Clinical Outcome studies, Manipulative Skill acquisition, Multidisciplinary Sports Medicine.

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