Tony Kemp, an immediate care volunteer who was one of the first on the scene at the Shoreham air crash, has become the first nurse to chair the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS).
BASICS announced that Mr Kemp had been elected as the new chair of the organisation at its annual general meeting on Friday, via social media site Twitter. He will have the role for three years.
In response, Mr Kemp said he was “honoured” at being given the role and it was “great” to be a part of the “supporting team for a fantastic organisation”.
A highly experienced pre-hospital care nurse and senior nursing lecturer, Mr Kemp is based on the Kent/Sussex border and has been involved in pre-hospital care for over 25 years.
In August 2015 he was working at the Shoreham air show in West Sussex, where he was representing the British Red Cross and also acting as a volunteer first responder with BASICS.
In an interview with Nursing Times, he described witnessing the immediate aftermath of the jet crashing onto the A27 dual carriageway while coming out of a loop and being among the first medics at the scene.
Earlier this year, he was presented with a Royal Humane Society testimonial on vellum by HRH Princess Alexandra for his role at the crash.
Prior to that, he also received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2014 for services to pre-hospital emergency care.
He has previously been a vice chair of BASICS, which was founded in 1977 as the British Association of Immediate Care Schemes.
Mr Kemp said: Whilst once the preserve of doctors, immediate care has become multi-disciplinary. My own personal involvement now stretches back around 20-years.
“I was one of the first independent nurse responders tasked by my local ambulance service in the same way that medical colleagues were,” he said. “For the last 15-years or so I have been an active member as a trustee of BASICS and fulfilling the roles of honorary secretary and vice chairman.
“I am extremely honoured to have been elected as the association’s chairman and, whilst their first non-medical chairman, this is not simply a matter of overturning tradition,” he said.
“Rather it is considered decision that demonstrates to the wider professional community that BASICS is not only committed to promoting the full remit of prehospital immediate care but also has no artificial boundaries based on professional silos,” he added.
It changed its name in 1980 to the British Association for Immediate Care – immediate care being defined as the provision of skilled medical help at the site of an accident or other medical emergency, or in transit.
Biog: Tony Kemp, BASICS chair (2016-19):
Tony Kemp MBE is a nurse based on the Kent/Sussex border and he has been involved in pre-hospital care both in the UK and internationally for 25 plus years. He teaches pre-hospital care and is a familiar face on the BASICS courses as well as teaching internationally through BASICS and his involvement with another UK based charity Partnerships in International Medical Education.
A member of SIMCAS in southeast England Tony also provides regular crowd cover at Millwall Football club which is a BASICS Scheme in its own right. Tony is an examiner for the DipIMC examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was a responder at the Shoreham Airshow crash in 2015 and was awarded a Testimonial on Vellum by the Royal Humane Society and the Special Service Cross by the British Red Cross for his actions.
Tony holds Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators and of the Higher Education Academy and is currently studying for a doctorate in education at KCL. He is the Director of Post Qualifying Healthcare Education and a Principal Lecturer in medical simulation and advanced healthcare practice at the University of Bedfordshire.