I came to work in Wiltshire in 1984, opening my first practice in Batheaston in 1985 and subsequent practices in Devizes and Bradford on Avon. The fact that my son Josh decided to train as a chiropractor, and then join me in practice, has given me the greatest satisfaction of my career. We are now building a great team of Chiropractors who, under the banner of Dixon Health, are delivering a better and better service for our patients.
I have a real passion for the chiropractic profession, not only for my own patients but also for everyone suffering from back pain. When I graduated from The Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in 1984 there were only 140 Chiropractors in the country. I have worked tirelessly to build the reputation of the profession over my career, and now there are over 3300 registered Chiropractors in the UK. My involvement in the politics of the profession started in 1986 when I joined the council of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). I was on the steering committee that successfully lobbied the Thatcher Government for The Chiropractor’s Act in 1994 and am a past President of the British Chiropractic Association and the European Chiropractors’ Union. I am Chairman of the General Chiropractic Council, and responsible for the formation of the Royal College of Chiropractors of which I am now President. I have always striven to raise the bar and improve the standard of chiropractic care delivered to patients across the country. I am now involved in lobbying the university sector to start degree programs to train more Chiropractors to cater for an ever growing need. 1 in 5 GP consultations are for musculoskeletal conditions and the majority of those are back pain. That is over 100,000 consultations each day, and the number of healthcare professionals capable of helping is lamentably low. More Chiropractors are needed across the country to cater for this very 21st century epidemic and this is now a major motivation for me.