Kevin Crimmons


Kevin has been a Practising Nurse for 40 years. He started his nursing journey aged 18 in 1982 in the Army and some of the first patients he looked after were casualties with Head injuries evacuated from the Falklands War. Kevin qualified as an Enrolled Nurse in 1984. In 1987 Kevin successfully completed a conversion course at Basildon Thurrock Hospitals to become a Registered Nurse. During the next few years, he was deployed to Belfast during the troubles, Belize, and the first Gulf War where he earned a Commanders Commendation for his work as part of a Burns Team. Kevin then completed a specialist course in Burns & Plastic Surgery, at Queen Victoria East Grinstead. He was posted to the regional Burns Unit at the military hospital in Woolwich.

After a 3-year spell in Canada, Kevin completed a specialist course in Intensive Care Nursing and was commissioned at the Military Academy in Sandhurst. Kevin was again deployed in the second Gulf War, again as part of the team caring for injured soldiers and civilians with burns. Kevin then came to Birmingham, to help set up critical care provision at the Royal Centre for Defence Nursing. He transferred to Nurse Education at Birmingham City University in 2006, he left the Army and became Head of Adult Nursing there in 2012. Kevin joined Newman University in September 2022, excited at the prospect of creating a new way to educated and develop the best Adult Field Nurses.


Research Interests
  • The clinical placement as a learning environment
  • Transformational Leadership
  • The consequences of Nursing as an oppressed profession
  • The politics of Nursing
  • Body Image
  • Critical Care
  • Burns & Plastic Surgery
  • Nursing in non-traditional environments
Administrative Responsibilities
  • Head of Subject for Adult Nursing
  • Head of Subject for Health & Social Care
  • School lead for student recruitment
Membership of Professional Organisations
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Vice-Chair, Royal College of Nursing West Midlands Board

Needs assessment & report to Zambian Ministry of Health on the requirement for  a degree level programme in Critical Care Nursing

Other Activities


Crimmons K (2017) 10 000 more training places isn’t enough. Nursing Standard Vol 32(1) p27


Crimmons K (2014) Stop Blaming GP’s and employ more Nurses Nursing Standard Vol 28 (51) p28


Carter C, Crimmons K, Viveash S (2016) Letter from Zambia: A UK perspective on critical care Nursing Standard 


Carter C Crimmons K Viveash S (2016) Sepsis care: getting it right every time Emergency Nurse RCNI On-line available online:

Grant S, Crimmons K (2018) Limitations of track and trigger systems and the National Early Warning Score. British Journal of Nursing 27 (12) pp705-710


Winterman E, CrimmonsK, Adams M (2016) Placements and patients are about more than hospitals! Council of Deans of Health


Expert opinion broadcast on BBC West Midlands, BBC Local Radio, Central News

Contributor in The Guardian, Daily Mail, Birmingham Star & Sun, Nursing Standard, Nursing Management, British Journal of Nursing on Nursing & Health issues.