Staff Profile

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Dr Kevin Campbell-Karn


I joined Buckinghamshire New University in 2015 to setup and run the Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) programme. Having worked as a Sports Therapist since graduating in 2002 as well as having had a prolific career in higher education by developing, revalidating and externally examining a variety of Sports Therapy courses throughout the country, it was fantastic to be given the opportunity to design this course with a blank sheet of paper. I was able to add all of the experience I had had as a clinician and from the developments at other universities I had been involved in to design, what I felt was, the best version of the course. It certainly appears our graduate agree as we have had three cohorts to date complete the programme and we have had 3 years running of 100% overall satisfaction from the National Student Survey (NSS).

During my career I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of complex cases alongside other professionals including Orthopaedic surgeons, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Team Doctors and Graduate Sports Therapists. My particular interest is in complex case management using a multidisciplinary approach as well as the psychosocial aspects of patient treatments. I thrive on enhancing goal achievements especially when someone is told something cannot be done. This is also where I have particularly enjoyed working with students from all backgrounds and abilities.

Some career highlights have included working as a consultant for the GB Men’s Basketball team in their euro qualifiers, being sent a ‘problem patient’ by an orthopaedic surgeon who was wheelchair bound and then bumped into the surgeon in Sainsbury’s…without any walking aids and to the shock of the surgeon. In education I have always prided myself on the feedback from my students, meaning that for the last three years I have been immensely proud to have achieved 100% NSS results, however, there have been so many unique cases with students who I have helped individually achieve their goals too. I am also very proud to have been nominated and elected as a director for The Society of Sports Therapists (2017) and most recently to have been appointed by the board as the Vice Chairman. Finally, achieving my PhD in 2019 whilst continuing to develop my professional and education career alongside my family will always be a special moment in my development.

View my Research Repository here.