Prof Kevin Davies
MBE RRC TD PhD, MA, RN, Cert Ed, MCGLI
Professor Davies trained as a nurse in South Wales in the late 1970’s and subsequently worked in Accident and Emergency. He joined the Territorial Army in 1983. Following specialist Accident & Emergency Nursing training in 1985 in London; in 1987 he joined the Regular Army. Completing the short course at Sandhurst (Joint best student) he undertook a Short Service Commission and served with 34 Evacuation Hospital, the Duchess of Kent’s Military Hospital as Charge Nurse A&E and 23 Parachute Field Ambulance as Training and Nursing Officer. On completion of his time in the Regular Army Colonel Davies returned to Wales as a lecturer and re-joined the TA.
As a Reservist he has deployed to many areas of the world including Bosnia (where one of his roles was as UN Liaison Officer) , Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq (including ICRC Liaison Officer) and Afghanistan. He was appointed a Member of the Royal Red Cross (Military Operational List) in the Birthday Honours 1997 in recognition of Services to the Implementation Force in Bosnia during 1996.
He was the course director for a multi-professional MSc in Disaster Healthcare for over 10 years and undertook a full spectrum of teaching and supervision roles across the Faculty from undergraduate to PhD and was Chair of the Military Education Committee for the combined universities of Wales from 2006 to 2013. He has held a number of command appointments including Officer Commanding 144 Parachute Medical Squadron, Commanding Officer 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital and is currently Deputy Commander 160 Wales Brigade.
He is a qualified teacher and completed an MA in Sports Science at University of Wales, Cardiff in 1994 and a PhD at the University of Glamorgan in 2009. He was Queens Honorary Nurse 2009-2012, undertaking a range of Royal duties, appointed Professor in August of 2010 and appointed MBE (Civil List) in the Birthday Honours List 2012.
In addition in 2013 he became a medical advisor to the HALO Trust (having deployed to post conflict Ivory Coast, Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh to date) and undertakes a number of consultancy roles within industry as well as being CEO of the newly formed young people’s charity the Motivation and Learning Trust. He is President of Army Reserve Rugby, Wales an ambassador for cancer charity Prostate Cymru and is Chair RFCA Wales.
Deeny, PG and Davies, K. (2012) Disaster Relief Nursing in the 21st Century (Chapter 21, 3rd Edition) In. TG Veenema. ed “Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness” New York. Springer.
Higginson, R. Jones, B. And Davies, K. (2011) “Emergency and intensive care: assessing and managing the airway” British Journal of Nursing. Vol 20. No15. pp909-914.
Morris, A. and Davies, K. (2010) “Early warning scoring systems: observation of care in practice” British Journal of Nursing. Vol19. No. pp1180-1184.
Davies, K. Jones, B. and Higginson, R. (2010) “Entering a new paradigm: emergency nursing into the 21st century” Trauma. Vol12. No4. pp239-249.
Higginson, R. Jones, B. and Davies, K (2010) “Airway management for nurses: emergency assessment and care” British Journal of Nursing. Vol19. No16. pp1006-1014.
Davies, K. (2010) “Emergency nursing must respond to audit report” British Journal of Nursing. Vol19. No5. p279.
Green, SM. and Davies, K. (2009) “RCN Clinical Leadership Programme in Action”. Nursing Management. Vol16. No7. pp14-19.
Mead, D and Deeny, P, Davies, K (2009) “Education for Disaster Healthcare: A story of Humanitarian Endeavour”. Pontypridd, Wales: University of Glamorgan Print.
Higginson, R and Davies, K (2007) “Pandemic healthcare planning in avian influenza”. British Journal of Nursing, Supplement: Infection Control in an Evolving Healthcare Community. Vol 16 No 16. pp 4-7.
Deeny, PG, Davies, K, Gillespie, M and Spencer, W. (2007) Global Issues in Disaster Relief Nursing (Chapter 30, 2nd Edition) In. TG Veenema. ed “Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards” New York. Springer.
Davies, K and Hannigan, CM. (2007) “Supporting disaster healthcare professionals: A practical and virtual approach” Nurse Education Today. Vol 27. pp122-130.
Davies, K. (2006) “Outcomes of a placement audit of students undertaking an MSc in Disaster Healthcare”. West African Journal of Nursing. Vol 17. No 1. pp39-43.
Davies, K and Higginson, R. (2006) “The continuing threat of avian influenza” Comment, British Journal of Nursing. Vol 15. No 8. p418.
Davies, K and Higginson, R. (2005) “Evolution and healthcare impact of a 21st century avian flu pandemic” British Journal of Nursing. Vol 14. No 20. pp1066-1068.
Davies, K and Higginson, R. (2005) “Human Factors in a Disaster” Nursing Clinics of North America: Disaster Management and Response. Sep. Vol 40. No 3. pp565-577.
Davies, K. (2005) “Disaster preparedness and response: more than major incident management”. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 14, No 16. pp868-871.
Jones, S. Davies, K and Jones, B. (2005) “The adult patient, informed consent and the emergency care setting” Accident and Emergency Nursing. Vol 13, pp167-170.
Higginson, R and Davies, K (2005) The threat of an avian influenza pandemic” Comment, British Journal of Nursing. Vol 14, No 12, p633.
Davies, K (2005) “Field placement in Disasters: an evaluation of masters students experience”. ICN 23rd Quadrennial Congress, Taiwan. (proceedings).
Davies, K (2005) “An audit of MSc students placement in a disaster area” Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. Vol 20. No 2. March-April. Supplement s17.
Davies, K and Moran, LA. (2005) “Nurses need advanced skills in disaster health care” Comment, British Journal of Nursing. Vol 14. No 4. p190.
Hannigan, CM and Davies, K (2004) “Blended education for Disaster Healthcare Professionals: An Evaluation”. E-Learn 2004: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education. Washington DC. (proceedings). pp308-313.
Davies, K and Higginson, R. (2004) “The imperative for advanced training and education for Nurses in disaster relief” West African Journal of Nursing Vol 15. No1. pp20-27.
Davies, K, Deeny, P and Raikkonnen, M. (2003) “A transcultural ethos underpinning curriculum development: A Masters programme in Disaster Relief Nursing” Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Vol 14. No 4. pp 349-357.
International Nursing coalition for Mass Casualty Education (2003) “Using an Untapped Resource: Educational Competencies for Registered Nurses Related to Mass Casualty Incidents” American Association of Colleges of Nursing. June. (Competency Committee Member, Co-author)
Deeny, PG, Davies, K and Gillespie, M. (2002) International Disaster Nursing (Chapter 23). In. TG Veenema. ed “Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards” New York. Springer.
Hill, G and Davies, K. (2002) “Blunt Chest Trauma: A Challenge to Accident and Emergency Nurses” Accident and Emergency Nursing. Vol 10. No 4. pp197-204.
Davies, K and Jones, S. (2002) “Confusion: An ambiguous term in A&E practice” Accident and Emergency Nursing. Vol 10. No2, pp87-91.
Davies, K. Ryall, P & Neale, R. (2001) “An Evaluation of the Personal Safety Training of Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust” The Suzy Lamplugh Trust Research Institute.
Davies, K. (2001) “The Hospital Squadron: Kosovo 2001” The Journal of the United Kingdom Combat Service Support Battalion. Jan-June, pp18-19.
Jones, S. & Davies, K. (1999) “The Extended Role of the Nurse: The UK Perspective” International Journal of Nursing Practice. Vol 5, No 4, pp194-198.
Davies, K. & Edwards, L. (1999) “Domestic Violence: A Challenge to Accident and Emergency Nurses” Accident and Emergency Nursing. Vol 7, No 1, pp26-30.
Davies, K. and Bricknell, MCM. (1997) “After the Battle” Nursing Times. Vol 93, No 29 pp35-37.
Davies, K. (1992) “Fitness is not a Single Simple Attribute” Health Promotion Practice in Nursing Award. Health Promotion Authority for Wales. Cardiff.
Davies, K. (1992) “Fitness is not a Single Simple Attribute” Nurse Education News. Autumn. pp10-11.
Davies, K. and Hawley, A. (1989) “A Force for Survival” Nursing Times. Vol 85, No 37, pp48-50
Recognition of Selected Publications
• Book: “Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards” won the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for 2003.
• Paper: “Domestic Violence: A Challenge to Accident and Emergency Nurses” became a central archive reference for the Bureau of Justice and the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington DC, USA.
• Paper: “Fitness is not a Single Simple Attribute” gained a commendation in the Health Promotion Authority for Wales, Health Promotion Practice in Nursing Award.
Professional Activities and Affiliations
Disaster and Emergency Activities
• Rapporteur ESRC end of award evaluations
• Member World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine
• Inaugural Member World Society of Disaster Nursing
• Member Faculty of Catastrophe & Conflict Medicine, Society of Apothecaries of London
• Clinical Liaison – Accident and Emergency Service
• Member of the HEFCE Committee Disaster Response investigation in HE (2006-2008)
• Served a tenure as Committee Member Wales UNESCO (2002-2005)
• Advisor the Society of Apothecaries of London regarding nursing access to the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes for Nurses (1998)
• Member Airborne Medical Society
• Member, International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education
• Member Wales Festival of Remembrance Committee
Royal College of Nursing Activities
• Member RCN International External Reference Group
• Committee Member and Newsletter Editor RCN Defence Nursing Forum (2004-2008)
• Member RCN Accident & Emergency Nursing Association
• Member RCN History of Nursing Society
• Adjudicator for applications to the RCN/BMA Humanitarian Fund
2008: Afghanistan: (4 months)
• Second in Command Field Hospital. Staffing, operational and strategic management responsibility. Advising on blue light emergency response matrix.
2003: Kuwait/Iraq: (4 months)
• Deputy Senior Nursing Officer, 200 Bed Field Hospital. Staffing, operational and strategic management responsibility. Nominated lead on International Committee of the Red Cross liaison. Advising on blue light emergency response matrix.
2001: Pristina, Kosovo: (2 months)
• Senior Officer in Charge Accident & Emergency Department. Responsible for all aspects of emergency department activity, including blue light matrix, major incident and disaster plans. Declared disaster on one occasion.
1998: Kenya: (2 months)
• Senior Officer in charge of a group of military healthcare practitioners in facilitating the Kenyan Extended Programme of Immunisation (KEPI) primarily among the Samburu and Turkhana. This was undertaken in direct partnership with the NGO Samburu Aid in Africa (SAIDIA)
1996: Bosnia-Herzegovina: (7 months)
• Training Officer to Field Hospital and pre-hospital response capability.
• Education projects with Bosnian population. UN Liaison Officer. NGO liaison responsibility across a number of disciplines.
Research areas include:
Healthcare delivery in austere environments
Education initiatives for healthcare professional who operate in austere environments
The efficacy of healthcare as a wider engagement initiative in conflict and post conflict areas
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