David initially completed a degree in Sports Studies before training to be a physiotherapist in Birmingham. After qualifying he spent several years working clinically in Oxford before taking up a role as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist initially in Dudley and then at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. His interest in the biopsychosocial approach blossomed during two years working for Human Focus, a company involved in running a multidisciplinary cognitive behavioural rehabilitation programmes for people with common health complaints such as low back pain. He then spent four years working in Occupational Health, managing the musculoskeletal health care of a number of corporate clients. He returned to working in the NHS in 2010 where he established a combined physical and psychological treatment programme for patients with low back pain, working in an interdisciplinary team and continues with this work currently. He works part-time at the University as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences.