Professor David Peters

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I trained as a family doctor, and later in osteopathic medicine and as a musculoskeletal physician. From 1990 until 2005 I directed the highly innovative complementary therapies development programme at Marylebone Health Centre (MHC), a ground-breaking Central London NHS GP unit set up in 1986 to explore new approaches to inner city primary healthcare.

I was one of the founding faculty of the University of Westminster's School of Integrated Health which merged with the Department of Bioscience in 2009 to form the School of Life Sciences where I am now Professor of Integrated Healthcare and Clinical Director.

I have co-authored or edited five books* about complementary therapies, and have led on a series of research projects implementing or evaluating complementary medicine in mainstream settings. One recent project developed community access to acupuncture and stress reduction for people with long-term low back pain. A current project is evaluating the use of acupuncture alongside counselling for men in distress. I was until 2010 Chair of the British Holistic Medical Association - an open association of practitioners working to develop holistic healthcare (bhma.org) - whose Journal of Holistic Healthcare I edit. I was until 2013 a founding director of the recently formed College of Medicine whose aim is to encourage more patient-centred and values-based approaches in healthcare.

My clinical work as a musculo-skeletal physician has been greatly enriched by osteopathy and acupuncture, and by the somatically-oriented psychotherapeutic methods devised by Peter Levine, as well as by my own exploration of working with the relaxation response, yoga and meditation. A particular clinical interest is in dysregulatory syndromes where pain and/or fatigue often overlap, and in the autonomic imbalance and breathing pattern disorders I have seen so frequently associated with them. I am now directing a new cross-university initiative - the Westminster Centre for Resilience.

Grants 1999-2001 Developing/evaluating a CT service in NHS GP (With P Pietroni) Smith's Charity: £190,000 1997-99) 

Sept 1999-2000 Analysis of medicinal herbs (w Prof C Evans) (UoW seed funding £25000) 

Oct 1999-2001 Pilot study of herbal medicines: growing and processing (Billingsgate Trust £10000 over 2 years) 

July 2000- Use of CTs by London PCGs (Kings Fund £33000 over 12 months) 

July 2000- Developing links with medical schools (Quintin Hogg £7500 over 12 months) 

Aug 2000-1 Developing NHS clinical placements (Dept of Ed £15000 over 12 months)

Oct 2000- 1 St Johns Wort & salivary cortisol pilot RCT (With Angela Clow and Julie Whitehouse) (Billingsgate Trust £3000) 

Nov 2000-2 Nutraceuticals adverse events database (DTI KTP £196,000 over 2 years)

Jan 2001- 3 Developing a CT clinical governance network (Dept of Health £35000 over 12 months) 

Aug 2001-3 Developing NHS clinical placements (Dept of Ed £25000 over 12 months) 

July 2002-4 Consolidating links with the NHS (Quintin Hogg Trust £31,800 over 2 years) 

July 2002-3 Consolidating NHS clinical placements (Dept of Ed - £10000 over 12 months) 

Sept 2002-3 Consolidating a CT clinical governance network (Dept of Health £26000 over 12 months) 

Sept 2002-3 Consolidating a CT clinical governance network (Kings Fund £26000 over 12 months) 

Mar 2003-4 Developing an online pilot care pathway: back pain (Dept of Health £30000) 

Jan 2004-5 Consolidating consensus on clinical governance of CAM ((Dept of Health £30000) 

Aug 2005-6 Developing clinical placements (HEIFE 2 £10,000) 

Mar 2007-8 Developing the mid-life 'LifeCheck' instrument (With Phil Evans, Angela Clow) (DoH £47,000) 

Jan 2008-10 Developing selfcare information to include CT & mind-body medicine (£90k Culm Valley Plus) 

Jan 2009-10 Developing a CT MSK service 1 (with Damien Ridge) (£90, 000 over 12 months funded by independent charity) 

October 2010 Developing a CT MSK service 2 (with Damien Ridge) £263,490 15 months. Kensington & Chelsea PCT) 

August 2012 Developing a CT service for men's distress 1 (with Damien Ridge) (£140,000 15 months. Nelsons Charity) 

Recent R&D 

2009- The online SelfCare Library http://selfcare-library.info for evidence-based information about non-pharmaceutical options for self-care in a range of common long-term conditions.

2010-12 A Central London PCT-wide access to acupuncture and stress reduction for long-term low back pain. 

2013-14 Use of acupuncture alongside counselling for men in distress. 

2012 - Developing Westminster Centre for Resilience a cross-university initiative involving Faculty of Science and Business School - assessing psycho-physiology of resilience and ways of building resilience for individuals, teams and organisations. 

My R&D work is evolving in three interlinked areas:

  • developing funded pilot projects to explore the feasibility of using non-pharmaceutical treatments in NHS settings.
  • self-care in long term conditions (for which we have been funded to create and deliver evidence-based information)
  • the psycho-physiology of resilience and the development of interventions to support resilience and recovery.

Professional body membership 

General Medical Council (Reg no GMC 1525232) 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

British Medical Association 

British Medical Acupuncture Society 

British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine 

General Osteopathic Council (Reg no. 1003) 

Appointments 2000-13 

2004- Editor, Journal of Holistic Healthcare 

2000-5 Editorial Board NHS Direct Healthcare Guide (Doctor-Patient Partnership-BMA) Developing content for NHS on-line Guide, including complementary therapy information 

2000-3 Director: Herbs at Highgrove Project 

2000-5 Royal College of General Practitioners Advisory Group on Complementary Therapies National group of twelve advisors to develop RCGP guidelines for GPs 

2001-10 Royal College of Physicians Complementary Therapies Committee 

2001-3 Consultant: the Boots Company: developing wellbeing assessment and intervention strategies 

2002- Editorial Advisory Board: Journal of Complementary Therapies (USA) 

2002- 10 Editorial Board: British Homeopathic journal 

2002 -7 Advisory Board and Selection Committee: NHS Executive subcommittee for creating capacity in complementary therapies research 

2002 -10 Editorial Advisory Board: Complementary Therapies in Medicine (Churchill-Livingstone, Edinburgh) 

2002-5 Steering group: national collaborative for CT integration. Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health 

2002-4 Consultant: Boots Company. Wellbeing 2002 Project. Wellbeing 2003 Project. 

2003-10 Chair: British Holistic Medical Association 

2003-6 Member of Board of Trustees, Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Healthcare. 

2004- Editor, Journal of Holistic Healthcare 

2006-9 Editorial Board: NHS Evidence - complementary and alternative medicine formerly National Electronic Library for Health (Complementary Medicine) 

2006- Reviewer: proposals to National Institute for Health Research 

2006- Reviewer: proposals to Cancer Research UK 

2006- Member, Breakthrough Breast Cancer Clinical Experts Reference Group 

2007-8 Consultant: Tesco Board of Directors Wellbeing initiative 

2007-9 Associate Director: University of Westminster Institute of Health and Wellbeing Programme 

2007- Expert external assessor: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Australian Government's Complementary and Alternative Medicine programme of research. 

2008-10 Fellow and Member of Clinical Advisory Board of the Princes Foundation for Integrated Health 

2009-13 Board of Directors' College of Medicine

2017

GPs’ perceptions of resilience training: a qualitative study (2017)
Cheshire, A., Hughes, J., Lewith, G., Panagioti, M, Peters, D., Simon, C. and Ridge, Damien T. 2017. GPs’ perceptions of resilience training: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice. 67 (663), pp. e709-e715.
Influences on GP coping and resilience: a qualitative study in primary care (2017)
Cheshire, A., Ridge, Damien T., Hughes, J., Panagioti, M., Peters, D. and Lewith, G. 2017. Influences on GP coping and resilience: a qualitative study in primary care. British Journal of General Practice. 67 (659), pp. E428-E436.

2016

REFRAME: Resilience training for GPs (2016)
Lynch, S., Lown, M., Rajasingami, D., Peters, D., Ridge, Damien T., Cheshire, A., Fismer, K., Stewart-Brown, S, Lewith, H., Jagger, O. and Lewith, G. 2016. REFRAME: Resilience training for GPs. InnovAiT. 9 (6), p. 356–360.
The neurobiology of resilience (2016)
Peters, D. 2016. The neurobiology of resilience. Innovait. 9 (6), pp. 333-341.
How do we improve men’s mental health via primary care? An evaluation of the Atlas Men’s Well-being Pilot Programme for stressed/distressed men (2016)
Cheshire, A., Peters, D. and Ridge, Damien T. 2016. How do we improve men’s mental health via primary care? An evaluation of the Atlas Men’s Well-being Pilot Programme for stressed/distressed men. BMC Family Practice. 17 (13).

2015

Resilience: what is it, why do we need it, and can it help us? (2015)
Lown, M., Lewith,, G., Simon, C. and Peters, D. 2015. Resilience: what is it, why do we need it, and can it help us? British Journal of General Practice. 65 (639), p. e708–e710.

2013

Patient outcomes and experiences of an acupuncture and self-care service for persistent low back pain in the NHS: a mixed methods approach (2013)
Cheshire, A., Polley, M.J., Peters, D. and Ridge, Damien T. 2013. Patient outcomes and experiences of an acupuncture and self-care service for persistent low back pain in the NHS: a mixed methods approach. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 13 (1), p. 300.

2012

Editorial: Healthy ageing: a question of sustainability (2012)
Peters, D. 2012. Editorial: Healthy ageing: a question of sustainability. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 9 (2), p. 2.

2011

Compassion: a call to action (2011)
Peters, D. 2011. Compassion: a call to action. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 8 (3), p. 2.
Medicine at the tipping point (2011)
Peters, D. 2011. Medicine at the tipping point. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 8 (2), p. 2.
Working at the (double-) edge (2011)
Peters, D. 2011. Working at the (double-) edge. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 8 (1), p. 2.
Is it feasible and effective to provide osteopathy and acupuncture for patients with musculoskeletal problems in a GP setting? A service evaluation (2011)
Cheshire, A., Polley, M.J., Peters, D. and Ridge, Damien T. 2011. Is it feasible and effective to provide osteopathy and acupuncture for patients with musculoskeletal problems in a GP setting? A service evaluation. BMC Family Practice. 12 (49), p. 1.

2010

Transforming medicine by integrating – what? (2010)
Peters, D. 2010. Transforming medicine by integrating – what? Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 7 (3), p. 2.
Soft skills and added value (2010)
Peters, D. 2010. Soft skills and added value. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 7 (2), p. 2.
The art and science of wellbeing: creating the new politics of health (2010)
Peters, D. 2010. The art and science of wellbeing: creating the new politics of health. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 7 (1), p. 2.

2009

Editorial: Eco-psychology: re-enchanting the mind and the world (2009)
Peters, D. 2009. Editorial: Eco-psychology: re-enchanting the mind and the world. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 6 (3), p. 2.
Closing the evidence gap in integrative medicine (2009)
MacPherson, H., Peters, D. and Zollman, C. 2009. Closing the evidence gap in integrative medicine. British Medical Journal. 339, p. b3335.
Editorial: Integrated self-care: developing individual and communal wellbeing (2009)
Peters, D. 2009. Editorial: Integrated self-care: developing individual and communal wellbeing. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 6 (2), p. 2.
CAM: doing more good than harm (2009)
Peters, D. 2009. CAM: doing more good than harm. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies. 14 (3), pp. 176-178.
Integration, long term disease and creating a sustainable NHS (2009)
Peters, D. 2009. Integration, long term disease and creating a sustainable NHS. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 6 (1), pp. 29-31.
Editorial: Integrated medicine: putting people first (2009)
Peters, D. 2009. Editorial: Integrated medicine: putting people first. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 6 (1), p. 2.
Gatekeepers and the gateway: a mixed-methods inquiry into practitioners’ referral behaviour to the Gateway Clinic (2009)
Unwin, J. and Peters, D. 2009. Gatekeepers and the gateway: a mixed-methods inquiry into practitioners’ referral behaviour to the Gateway Clinic. Acupuncture in Medicine. 27 (1), pp. 21-25.

2008

‘Energy medicine’, and the gulf between body and spirit (2008)
Peters, D. 2008. ‘Energy medicine’, and the gulf between body and spirit. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 5 (4), p. 2.
If you want to sell the solution, sell the problem first (2008)
Peters, D. 2008. If you want to sell the solution, sell the problem first. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 5 (3), p. 2.
Building bridges to health (2008)
Peters, D. 2008. Building bridges to health. Times higher education.
Healing spaces? (2008)
Peters, D. 2008. Healing spaces? Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 5 (2), pp. 2-3.
Climate change and chronic disease: public health writ large (2008)
Peters, D. 2008. Climate change and chronic disease: public health writ large. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 5 (1), p. 2.
Complementary therapies in the NHS: some thoughts and three cases (2008)
Peters, D. 2008. Complementary therapies in the NHS: some thoughts and three cases. London Journal of Primary Care. 2008 (2), pp. 108-111.

2006

Doctor's resilience: can physicians heal themselves? (2006)
Peters, D. 2006. Doctor's resilience: can physicians heal themselves? Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 3 (1), pp. 3-6.
Editorial: art puts the whole in holism (2006)
Peters, D. 2006. Editorial: art puts the whole in holism. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 3 (2), p. 2.
Editorial: doctor's resilience: a cause for concern (2006)
Peters, D. 2006. Editorial: doctor's resilience: a cause for concern. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 3 (1), p. 2.

2005

Editorial: holism, mental health and mental wealth (2005)
Peters, D. 2005. Editorial: holism, mental health and mental wealth. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 2 (4), p. 2.
Editorial: spirituality and healthcare practice (2005)
Peters, D. 2005. Editorial: spirituality and healthcare practice. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 2 (3), p. 2.
Editorial: squaring the circle: nursing and the future of holism (2005)
Peters, D. 2005. Editorial: squaring the circle: nursing and the future of holism. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 2 (2), p. 2.
Why we need a new model for 21st century healthcare (2005)
Peters, D. 2005. Why we need a new model for 21st century healthcare. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 2 (1), pp. 11-15.
Editorial: bio-medicine in crisis: cost, cure, compassion and commitment (2005)
Peters, D. 2005. Editorial: bio-medicine in crisis: cost, cure, compassion and commitment. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 2 (1), p. 2.

2004

Editorial: neurophysiology, culture and the pensions crisis (2004)
Peters, D. 2004. Editorial: neurophysiology, culture and the pensions crisis. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 1 (3), pp. 2-3.
Editorial: in praise of visionary scepticism (2004)
Peters, D. 2004. Editorial: in praise of visionary scepticism. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 1 (2), p. 2.
Editorial: on remembering our roots (2004)
Peters, D. 2004. Editorial: on remembering our roots. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 1 (1), pp. 2-3.
Research in primary care complementary and alternative medicine provision: an integral part of NHS clinical governance activity (2004)
Wilkinson, J. and Peters, D. 2004. Research in primary care complementary and alternative medicine provision: an integral part of NHS clinical governance activity. Clinical Research Focus. 15 (3), pp. 18-26.
Why we need integrated health care (2004)
Peters, D. 2004. Why we need integrated health care. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies. 9 (3), pp. 193-195.

2003

Complementary medicine: evidence base, competence to practice and regulation (2003)
Lewith, G.T., Breen, A., Filshie, J., Fisher, P., McIntyre, M., Mathie, R.T. and Peters, D. 2003. Complementary medicine: evidence base, competence to practice and regulation. Clinical Medicine. 3 (3), pp. 235-240.
Time for a new approach for reporting herbal medicine adverse events? (2003)
Peters, D., Donaldson, J., Chaussalet, T.J., Toffa, S.E., Whitehouse, J., Carroll, D. and Barry, P. 2003. Time for a new approach for reporting herbal medicine adverse events? Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 9 (5), pp. 607-609.
Vitalism, holism and homeostasis: the need for a new language of health and living (2003)
Peters, D. 2003. Vitalism, holism and homeostasis: the need for a new language of health and living. Sacred Space. 3 (3), pp. 30-36.

2002

The need for a new language of health and healing (2002)
Peters, D. 2002. The need for a new language of health and healing. Spirituality and Health International. 3 (3), pp. 30-36.
JBMT/University of Westminster conference report: integrative bodywork: towards unifying principles, London October 2001 (2002)
Peters, D. 2002. JBMT/University of Westminster conference report: integrative bodywork: towards unifying principles, London October 2001. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. 6 (2), pp. 89-93.

2001

Book review: Vitalism revisited (2001)
Peters, D. 2001. Book review: Vitalism revisited. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 5 (3), pp. 198-204.
The mutual entanglement of strangers in the human world (2001)
Swantz, M.L., Robertson, J., Peters, D. and Torbert, B. 2001. The mutual entanglement of strangers in the human world. ReVision. 23 (3), pp. 33-41.
Listening to one another's lives and disciplines (2001)
Peters, D., Tarnas, R. and Gablik, S. 2001. Listening to one another's lives and disciplines. ReVision. 23 (3), pp. 14-19.
A place for complementary therapies in the new NHS (2001)
Peters, D. and Gilliam, S. 2001. A place for complementary therapies in the new NHS. Health Services Management.
The participatory worldview in healthcare (2001)
Peters, D. 2001. The participatory worldview in healthcare. ReVision. 24 (1).
The new NHS: will complementary therapies fit in? (2001)
Peters, D. 2001. The new NHS: will complementary therapies fit in? British Journal of Health Care Management. 7 (8), pp. 330-331.
The need for a new language of health and healing (2001)
Peters, D. 2001. The need for a new language of health and healing. Sacred Space. 3.
Participate, collaborate, integrate: modern medicine's crisis and the search for stories to live by (2001)
Peters, D. 2001. Participate, collaborate, integrate: modern medicine's crisis and the search for stories to live by. ReVision. 23 (4), pp. 31-37.

2000

Using a computer-based clinical management system to improve effectiveness of a homeopathic service in a fundholding general practice (2000)
Peters, D., Pinto, G.J. and Harris, G. 2000. Using a computer-based clinical management system to improve effectiveness of a homeopathic service in a fundholding general practice. British Homoeopathic Journal. 89 (Supplement 1), pp. S14-S19.
From holism to integration: is there a future for complementary therapies in the NHS? (2000)
Peters, D. 2000. From holism to integration: is there a future for complementary therapies in the NHS? Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery. 6 (2), pp. 59-60.

2016

The Day After Tomorrows Doctors: UK Undergraduate Medical Student Resilience, Reports on the Symposium 2016 (2016)
Peters, D., Lynch, S., Manning, C., Lewith, G. and Pommerening, D. 2016. The Day After Tomorrows Doctors: UK Undergraduate Medical Student Resilience, Reports on the Symposium 2016. University of Westminster Centre for Resilience.

2004

Clinical governance for complementary and alternative medicine (2004)
Wilkinson, J., Peters, D. and Donaldson, J. 2004. Clinical governance for complementary and alternative medicine. University of Westminster.

2012

The placebo response in migraine treatment (2012)
Peters, D. 2012. The placebo response in migraine treatment. in: Fernández-de-las-Peñas, C., Chaitow, L. and Schoenen, J. (ed.) Multidisciplinary management of migraine: pharmacological, manual, and other therapies Sudbury, Maryland Jones & Bartlett Learning. pp. 313-326

2003

Clinical update: complementary medicine (2003)
Peters, D. 2003. Clinical update: complementary medicine. in: Royal College of General Practitioners members' reference book London, UK Campden Publishing.

1998

Update on complementary medicine (1998)
Peters, D. 1998. Update on complementary medicine. in: Royal College of General Practitioners yearbook London, UK Royal College of General Practitioners.

2011

GPs make the NICE 2009 back pain guidelines work for patients in difficult financial times? (2011)
Rankine, S., Peters, D. and Ridge, Damien T. 2011. GPs make the NICE 2009 back pain guidelines work for patients in difficult financial times? College of Medicine Annual Conference. Mansion House, London 19 May 2011

2001

Are CT models useful in headache research and treatment? (2001)
Peters, D. 2001. Are CT models useful in headache research and treatment? 10th Congress of the International Headache Society (IHC 2001). New York, USA 29 Jun - 02 Jul 2001

2005

Complete family health guide new medicine: how to integrate complementary & conventional medicine for the safest and most effective treatment (2005)
Peters, D. (ed.) 2005. Complete family health guide new medicine: how to integrate complementary & conventional medicine for the safest and most effective treatment. London, UK Dorling Kindersley.

2001

Integrating complementary therapies in primary care: a practical guide for health professionals (2001)
Peters, D., Chaitow, L., Harris, G. and Morrison, S. 2001. Integrating complementary therapies in primary care: a practical guide for health professionals. Edinburgh, UK Churchill Livingstone.
Understanding the placebo effect in complementary medicine: theory, practice and research (2001)
Peters, D. 2001. Understanding the placebo effect in complementary medicine: theory, practice and research. Edinburgh, UK Churchill Livingstone.

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