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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 Associate Professor in Emergency and Critical Care, based in the Emergency, Prehospital, Perioperative and Critical Care (EPPiC) research group at Warwick Clinical Trials Unit.

His research focuses on the entire patient journey of critically ill patients from the pre-hospital setting to post-discharge care. He has a particular interest in the treatment of cardiac arrest. 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 supervises several PhD students, and would welcome contact from individuals interested in pursuing a PhD or MSc in Health Research.

Research gate: LINK

Google scholar: LINK

Warwick EPPiC: LINK

Twitter: @keithcouper

Title Funder Award start Award end
Awake prone positioning in patients with acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure not due to COVID-19: a multi-centre, pragmatic, allocation concealed, individual patient randomised, parallel group, open-label clinical trial (AWAKE-PRONE) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Jan 2024 31 Dec 2027
NIHR RfPB stage 2: Optimising recovery following cardiac arrest: the Cardiac Arrest Recovery Enablement and Self-management Support (CARESS) Study National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Nov 2023 02 May 2026
Paramedic experiences of cardiac arrest in children Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Feb 2024 31 Jan 2026
NIHR HTA Stage 2: AIRWAYS 3 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Jan 2022 31 Dec 2025
Stage 2 NIHR RfPB lead by UHCW_PHOENIX National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Nov 2023 30 Apr 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
NIHR HTA Stage 2 (stage 1 on ideate 74591) : Ventilation technologies: an overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Sep 2023 28 Feb 2025
The impact of withdrawal of tracheal intubation from UK ambulance services: an observational study. Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Mar 2021 31 Dec 2024
Drone-delivered defibrillators. The 3D Project. Integrating drone-delivered defibrillators into the pre-hospital response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (NIHR RfPB Stage 2) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 May 2023 31 Oct 2024
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 29 Feb 2024
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
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
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