Tony Kemp MBE

Principal Lecturer and Director of Post Qualifying Healthcare Education

Tony Kemp

A nurse by profession I come from a background that combines senior positions in clinical practice, education and the medical industry.

I have extensive ongoing experience of healthcare education in formal and informal settings as well as teaching internationally including in the developing world and ex-communist bloc countries in both civilian and military settings.

In addition to this I regularly can be found at a range of different mass gathering events across the south east providing medical cover and clinical leadership.

My MA dissertation focused on the developmental needs of those teaching using simulation and this contributed to the Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation offered here the Postgraduate Medical School. I am currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education (EdD) at King's College, London which is focused on the use of simulation with healthcare education.

On a personal level I am married with two adult children, both married. I enjoy travel, reading and family time. I hold a number of senior appointments in the voluntary sector and provide pre-hospital immediate care as a BASICS responder in my locality.


  • FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • FAcadMEd - Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • MA - Master of Arts (with distinction in Medical Education), University of Bedfordshire
  • DipIMC, RCSEd - Diploma in Immediate Medical Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • RN Registered Nurse (Adult Branch)
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300)

Honours and Awards

  • MBE - Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for services to prehospital emergency care
  • MStJ - Serving Brother, Order of St John: for services to nursing
  • Testimonial on Vellum of the Royal Humane Society, 2016, in recognition of actions at the Shoreham air crash of August 2015
  • Special Service Cross, British Red Cross, 2015,  ‘for distinguished service through humanitarian actions at the Shoreham air crash, August 2015’.
  • Dunant Award, British Red Cross, 2015, awarded as a member of the British Red Cross team who responded to the Shoreham air crash, August 2015

Teaching Role

Principle Lecturer and Director of Post Qualifying Healthcare Education.

I work in the Post Qualifying Healthcare Education Portfolio within the School of Healthcare. I currently lead the Advancing Healthcare Practice: Concepts and Principles, Simulation in Practice and the Workplace Based Learning Units as well as contributing to a range of other undergraduate and postgraduate units across healthcare and undertake supervision of dissertation students for their Master's awards.

Originally I joined the University of Bedfordshire as a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education I was appointed in September 2011. I have taught over a wider range of medical education units contributing to the MA in Medical and Dental Education.

Research Interests

  • Suspension of Disbelief within Simulation
  • Transference of skills and knowledge from simulated into clinical practice.
  • Personal resilience following critical incidents
  • Mass gathering medicine and the impact of advanced nurse practitioners

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • Chairman, British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)
  • Academy of Medical educators, Fellowship application reviewer
  • Examiner and Tutor, Faculty of Prehospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • Reviewer for Trauma journal
  • Member South East Coast Immediate Care Scheme (SIMCAS)
  • Member BASICS Millwall Crowd Medical Team
  • Director, BASICS Education Ltd & BASICS Trading Ltd
  • Course Director and Tutor, BASICS Education
  • Lay member & panel chair for Clinical Excellence Award nominations through BASICS
  • Executive Committee Member and Senior Tutor, Partnerships in International Medical Education (PRIME)
  • Member, Royal College of Nursing
  • Past assessor for ASME small grants for research in medical education
  • Past Standards Board member, Diploma in Immediate Care exam at the Faculty of Prehospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Past (Acting) Chief Nursing Officer, St John Ambulance (substantive Assistant Chief Nursing Officer)

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Kemp A (2016) The role of the advanced nurse practitioner at mass gathering events in reducing referrals to external healthcare resources. World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine Webinar  available at: August 2016
  • Kemp A (2016) The Shoreham Air Show Incident, Reflections and Perspectives. Trauma Care Conference, Yarnfield, UK. April 2016
  • Kemp A (2016) First Response after a Major Incident: The Shoreham Air Crash. Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Symposium. March 2016
  • Kemp A (2016) Simulation for Learning at Work: Mutton dressed as lamb? Health Education East of England Faculty Development Day, Cambridge, UK. February 2016
  • Kemp A (2015) ‘The Shoreham Airshow Incident: Reflections and Perspectives’ BASICS & the Faculty of Prehospital Care Annual Conference, Wotton-under-Edge, UK. October 2015
  • Kemp A (2015) ‘Sudden death’ iCare conference, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK, April 2015
  • Kemp A (2014) ‘How to write for a journal’ BASICS & the Faculty of Prehospital Care Annual Conference, Northampton, UK. October 2014
  • Kemp A (2014) ‘Prescribing in emergency medicine’ Non-medical prescribers CPD study day, London South Bank University, London, March 2014
  • Kemp A. (2011) ‘Cross cultural teaching’ Partnerships in International Medical Education, Partners for Change Conference, Manchester, October 2011
  • Kemp A. (2011) ’Emergency Care in General Practice’ Peterborough GP VTS Conference, Brandon, Suffolk, UK. February 2011.
  • Kemp A. (2010) ‘Shaken, but not stirred: teaching earthquake preparedness in Armenia’ British Association for Immediate Care Annual International Conference, Birmingham, UK. October 2010.
  • Kemp A. (2010) ‘Managing pain in the pre-hospital immediate care setting’ South East Thames Acute Pain Conference, Camberley, UK. November 2010.
  • Kemp A. (2010) ‘Shaken, but not stirred: teaching earthquake preparedness’ AMEE Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK. September 2010.
  • Kemp A. (2010) ‘The chains of survival.’ Scottish Ambulance Service First Responders Conference, Edinburgh, UK. September 2010.
  • Kemp A. (2010) ‘Simulation in the UK: A survey of today’s users” ASME Annual Scientific Conference, Robinson College, Cambridge, UK. July 2010
  • Kemp A. (2009) ‘Trauma pain care’ The 2nd RCN Annual Prescribing and Medicines Conference, London, UK. March 2009.
  • Kemp A. (2008) ‘History of resuscitation’ Scottish Ambulance Service First Responders Conference, Edinburgh, UK. September 2008.
  • Kemp A. (2005) ‘Medical evidence collection’ British Association for Immediate Care Annual International Conference, Coventry, UK. September 2005
  • Kemp A. (2004) ‘The nurse’s role in pre-hospital immediate care’ RCN Emergency Care Conference, Manchester, UK, May 2004

Recent Publications

  • Eastman K. Kemp A (2016) The Shoreham Airshow Crash. Br J Gen Pract: 66(644):146
  • Kemp A (2016) Mass-gathering Events: The Role of Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Reducing Referrals to Local Health Care Agencies. Prehosp Disaster Med 31(1): 1-6
  • Kpodo C. Kemp A. Adams L. Burden B (2015) ‘HCAs acquire work experience in a simulated hospital with manikins at the University of Bedfordshire’ British Journal of Healthcare Assistants9(7) pp 335-342
  • Kemp A (2004) ‘Emergency Ventilation – An Alternative to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation’. Nursing Times100(36): pp. 59,61.

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