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Dr Keith Couper

Job Title
Associate Professor
WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
+44 (0) 2476151179
Research Interests

Health services research including clinical trials, cardiac arrest, critical care, emergency care, resuscitation.


Keith is an Assistant Professor in Emergency and Critical Care.

His clinical background is critical care nursing, and he continues to work clinically as a critical care outreach nurse practitioner at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Keith completed his PhD on debriefing after cardiac arrest in 2015. He was subsequently awarded a prestigious NIHR post-doctoral research fellowship to explore the use of mechanical chest compression devices at in-hospital cardiac arrest.

Keith holds volunteer roles with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ALS task force member), Resuscitation Council UK (ALS sub-committee member), Royal College of Nursing (Research Forum committee member) and National Institute of Health Research (HTA prioritisation committee member). He is a member of the editorial board of Resuscitation, and is an associate editor of Resuscitation Plus.

Keith is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He co-leads the WMS Masters distant-learning 'Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal' module. He currently co-supervises three PhD students, and would welcome contact from individuals interested in pursuing a PhD or MSc in Health Research.

Research gate: LINK

Google scholar: LINK

Twitter: @keithcouper

Title Funder Award start Award end
NIHR HTA Stage 2: AIRWAYS 3 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Jan 2022 31 Dec 2025
NIHR HTA Stage 2: Pre-hospitAl Randomised triAl of MEDICation route in out-of-hosital cardiac arrest (PARAMEDIC3) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 May 2021 30 Apr 2025
WCPRS Studentship Agreement University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 02 Mar 2020 01 Sep 2023
NIHR HTA Stage 2: Perioperative Oxygen Therapy National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Dec 2021 31 Mar 2023
AWARD: RECOVERY-RS Respiratory Support: Respiratory Strategies in COVID-19; CPAP, High-flow, and standard care (link to 65887 - temp Site agreement) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Apr 2020 31 Oct 2022
Developing a quality of life instrument for Cardiac Arrest survivors: understanding what matters to patients - related to WCPRS PhD Studentship (66086) Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2022
COVID-19 and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: an epidemiological study Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Oct 2021 31 Jan 2022
The impact of withdrawal of tracheal intubation from UK ambulance services: an observational study. Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Mar 2021 30 Jun 2021
UK National Screening Council: Screening to prevent sudden cardiac death in people aged 12 to 39 years old- evidence synthesis Public Health England 01 Nov 2018 31 Oct 2019