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Kevin Rooney was appointed as a consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley in July 2003. From February 2009 to January 2011, he was the Lead Clinician in Critical Care for Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board.

In January 2011, Kevin was made a Professor of Care Improvement at the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice within the University of the West of Scotland. He continues to practice in Intensive Care & Anaesthesia at the Royal Alexandra Hospital where he can pursue his interests of patient safety and healthcare quality improvement. Professor Rooney is a Clinical Lead for the Acute Adult Workstream of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme for Healthcare Improvement Scotland and led their breakthrough series collaborative on Sepsis, which resulted in a sustained relative risk reduction of 21% in sepsis mortality across Scotland.

Kevin is a Fellow for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and a Founding Member of the Q initiative for the Health Foundation and the National Health Service. As critical care faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) he has taught quality improvement for IHI in the Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra project (Portugal), “Patientsikkert Sygehus”  (Danish Patient Safety Programme), the Improvement Science in Action Course for the National Guard Health Affairs in Saudi Arabia, the Best Care Always Programme for the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar and finally the Salus Vitae programme in Brazil.

His areas of interest include improvement science, critical care, sepsis, deteriorating patients and anaesthesia.

Recent awards include Doctor of the Year Award in the Scottish Health Awards 2015, the Scottish Health Award 2014 for Innovation and a NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Chairman’s Gold Award for excellence in clinical practice in 2014.


Current research activities

My current research activities include

  • Early detection of the deteriorating patient (adult and child) in the acute hospital and pre-hospital settings
  • Improving outcomes in Sepsis
  • Reducing cardiac arrests
  • Prevention and management of healthcare associated infections
  • Improvement Science
  • Patient Safety
  • Anaesthesia and Critical Care
  • Alleviating distress and improving access to timely palliative care
  • Palliative Care in patients with end-stage non-malignant disease
  • Point of Care Technology and Rapid Diagnostics

Desired research direction

I am the Lead of the Deteriorating Patient Research Grouping for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Practice within UWS. The aim of The Deteriorating Patient Research Group is to generate new knowledge to develop safe, effective and person-centred health care in Scotland and beyond. We aim to improve the outcomes of care for individuals, families, and staff through interdisciplinary research, development and education. We work across disciplinary and organisational boundaries and bring people together to develop fresh insights, new approaches, generate evidence and provide leadership for action.

Target collaborative organisations

As a practising consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, I work closely with colleagues within the NHS. As National Clinical Lead for the Acute Adult Programme of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, I also work closely with Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service.


I have ongoing research activity for the following organisations:

  • Abbott Point of Care
  • Laerdal Foundation

External positions

Clinical Lead for Sepsis and the Acute Adult Programme of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

1 May 2012 → …

Critical Care Faculty, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

1 Jun 2010 → …

Lead Clinician in Critical Care, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

1 Mar 20091 Jan 2011

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

1 Jul 2003 → …


  • R Medicine (General)
  • Critical Care
  • Sepsis
  • Improvement Science
  • Anaesthesia

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Research Output 2000 2020

Audit and quality improvement

Rooney, K. D. & Mathieu, S., Jun 2019, Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services (GPICS): Version 2. 2 ed. The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, p. 137-140 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Quality Improvement
Clinical Audit
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Quality of Health Care
108 Downloads (Pure)

Improving the waiting times within a hospice breathlessness service

Sime, C., Milligan, S. & Rooney, K., 29 May 2019, In : BMJ Open Quality . 8, 2, 21 p., 000582.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quality Improvement
Referral and Consultation
Palliative Care

Pre-hospital PEWS is not a useful predictor of the need for hospital admission from ED

Corfield, A., Booth, K., Clerihew, L., Staines, H., Stewart, E. & Rooney, K., 21 Nov 2019, In : Emergency Medicine Journal. 36, 12, p. 801-802 2 p., 041.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Open Access
Pediatric Hospitals
Length of Stay
Patient Admission
41 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Oncology Nursing
Reproductive Health
Nursing Care
Delivery of Health Care

The discrimination of quick Paediatric Early Warning Scores in the pre-hospital setting

Corfield, A. R., Clerihew, L., Stewart, E., Staines, H., Tough, D. & Rooney, K. D., 12 Dec 2019, In : Anaesthesia. 75, 3, p. 353-358 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Respiratory Rate
Heart Rate
Blood Pressure

Activities 2015 2019

Sepsis: Setting the scene

Kevin Rooney (Speaker)
19 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Getting the Basics Right

Kevin Rooney (Speaker)
23 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The pathophysiology, diagnosis & treatment of Sepsis

Kevin Rooney (Speaker)
11 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Leading Sustainable Change in the Real World

Kevin Rooney (Speaker), Jason Leitch (Speaker), Stephen Swensen (Speaker)
10 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Celebrating 70 NHS Heroes for 70 Years

Kevin Rooney


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research