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School of Health and Society

Robert Kennedy

Lecturer, Children and Young People’s Nursing


Rob is a children and young people's nurse and experienced lecturer with over 20 years clinical and academic experience. His main areas of interest are in supporting children and young people that have experienced major trauma, particularly thermal injury that require extensive critical care and psychosocial / functional rehabilitation. The continued growth and development of the child and their family, and the support of those with Autism is the focus of his research, publications and PhD studies.


  • Children
  • Young People
  • Intensive Care
  • High Dependency Care
  • Therapeutic Relationships with Children & Young People
  • Growth & development
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Team working & leadership
  • Advocacy

Research Interests

Autism is a spectrum of developmental disorders characterised by deficits in verbal and emotional communication, social reciprocal interaction with stereotyped, repetitive or unusual behaviours or interests. Autism is referred to as a spectrum of disorders due to the way in which its manifestations can occur in a variety of combinations and be present in varying degrees of severity. There appears to be a strong correlation between learning disability and co-morbidly occurring as Autism. Although there is a dearth of specific data, it appears that children with learning disabilities may also have a reduced ability to understand new and complex information. This inability to comprehend complex information is related to limited language skills which reduces the child’s ability to report their symptoms or distress, which may be manifested as challenging behaviours in a variety of care settings. Autism is an increasingly recognised condition and it is suggested that 1–2% of the primary school-aged population in the United Kingdom may be effected. It is recognised within the United Kingdom that Greater Manchester as a conurbation has the largest population of children with a diagnosis of Autism, hence my research interests.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Burns Association


Kennedy, R & Binns, F & Brammer, A 2016 'Marginalised Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder', in: Ahmed, A & Rogers, M (eds.), Working with Marginalised Groups, 1st edition, Palgrave, Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, pp.52-70.

Kennedy, R, Binns, F, Brammer, A, Grant, JM, Bowen, J and Morgan, R 2016, 'Continuous service quality improvement and change management for children and young people with autism and their families : a model for change' , Comprehensive child and adolescent nursing , pp. 1-23.

Kennedy, R 2016 'An 11 year old Child with Learning Disability Who Steps into Scalding Bath Water', in: Long, T (ed.), Children's Nursing Case Book, 1st edition, McGraw Hill, London, United Kingdom, pp.95-104.

Kennedy, R and Binns, F 2016, 'Therapeutic safe holding with children and young people in hospital' , Nursing Children and Young People, 28 (4) , pp. 28-32.

Kennedy, R and Binns, F 2014, 'Communicating and managing children and young people with autism and extensive burn injury' , Wounds UK, 10 (3) , pp. 60-65.

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Postgraduate research

  • Wound care
  • Critical care
  • Infection control 
  • Autism
  • Learning difficulties