Dr Tim Nutbeam

Dr Tim Nutbeam

Visiting Specialist

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



- Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Derriford Major Trauma Centre
- Clinical Academic in Emergency Medicine and
- Honorary Professor in Prehospital Critical Care Retrieval and Transfer

I have two roles main roles at the University of Plymouth. 

As a clinical academic I am responsible for conceiving, designing and running trials in the prehospital and emergency environment. I also assist others in running multi-centre trials (e.g. as a PI) within the local area. I am keen to supervise junior researchers in prehospital  and emergency medicine. 

My second role is related to the Universities Masters in Prehospital Critical Care / Retrieval and Transfer. I am the lead tutor for this course, and as such are responsible for module content and delivery. 


I am a Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine, I hold a Masters in Disaster Medicine and have completed a the Diploma in Immediate Care from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). 

I trained in Emergency Medicine in the UK and worked both here and South Africa. 

My specially interests include Prehospital Emergency Medicine, resource/ information limited decision making and early interventions especially in Sepsis and Trauma. 



Teaching interests

I am the lead tutor for the MSc in Prehospital Critical Care, Retrieval and Transfer at the UoP. 

This involves setting the content of the course and organising the faculty for its delivery. 

The course presents some amazing opportunities for in situ / teaching and simulation. I particularly enjoy our "BIG SIM" days held on the last day of each of the clinical modules. These are usually held outside in an unsympathetic environment - this generates some excellent teaching and learning opportunities. 

Staff serving as external examiners

Examine for the Diploma in Immediate Care for the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh



Research interests

Sepsis identification and resuscitation

Prehospital interventions
All things EM 



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Nutbeam T, Fenwick R, May B, Stassen W, Smith JE, Wallis L, Dayson M & Shippen J (2021) 'The role of cervical collars and verbal instructions in minimising spinal movement during self-extrication following a motor vehicle collision - a biomechanical study using healthy volunteers' Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 29, (1) , DOI
Nutbeam T, Fenwick R, Smith J, Bouamra O, Wallis L & Stassen W (2021) 'A comparison of the demographics, injury patterns and outcome data for patients injured in motor vehicle collisions who are trapped compared to those patients who are not trapped' Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 29, (1) , DOI
Morrow L & Nutbeam T (2017) '41 Simultaneous trauma patients in emergency department’s: a difference in mortality?' Emergency Medicine Journal 34, (12) A888-A889 , DOI
Vassallo J, Nutbeam T, Rickard A, Lyttle M & Smith J (2017) '49 Paediatric traumatic cardiac arrest – the development of a treatment algorithm' Emergency Medicine Journal 34, (12) A892.2-A894 , DOI
Nutbeam T, Clarke R, Luff T, Enki DG & Gay D (2017) 'The height of the cricothyroid membrane on computed tomography scans in trauma patients' Anaesthesia , DOI Open access
Phillips R & Nutbeam T (2017) 'Should cervical spinal immobilisation be applied to alert adult patients following blunt traumatic injury?' Trauma 19, (3) 226-227 , DOI
Youkee D, Hulme W, Roberts T, Daniels R, Nutbeam T & Keep J (2016) 'Time Matters' Critical Care Medicine 44, (10) e1016-e1017 , DOI
Horne S & Nutbeam T (2016) 'You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear: Time to Start Again with MCI Triage' Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 31, (4) 459-460 , DOI
Graham B, Nutbeam T & Smith JE (2015) 'Abdominal trauma sustained during cardiopulmonary resuscitation may be detected by ultrasound' Trauma 18, (4) 283-286 , DOI
McQueen C, Nutbeam T, Crombie N, Lecky F, Lawrence T, Hathaway K & Wheaton S (2015) 'Enhanced care team response to incidents involving major trauma at night: Are helicopters the answer?' Injury 46, (7) 1262-1269 , DOI
Nutbeam T (2015) 'In adult patients presenting as emergencies with upper gastrointestinal bleeding, does tranexamic acid decrease mortality?' African Journal of Emergency Medicine 5, (2) 85-92 , DOI
Yealy DM, Huang DT, Delaney A, Knight M, Randolph AG, Daniels R & Nutbeam T (2015) 'Recognizing and managing sepsis: what needs to be done?' BMC Medicine 13, (1) , DOI
Nutbeam T, Fenwick R, Hobson C, Holland V & Palmer M (2014) 'Extrication time prediction tool' Emergency Medicine Journal 32, (5) 401-403 , DOI
Nutbeam T, Fenwick R, Hobson C, Holland V & Palmer M (2013) 'The stages of extrication: a prospective study' Emergency Medicine Journal 31, (12) 1006-1008 , DOI
Nutbeam T, Leaman A & Oakley P (2011) 'Transporting major trauma patients from the margins of a UK trauma system' Emergency Medicine Journal 29, (3) 182-183 , DOI
Leaman AM & Nutbeam T (2011) 'Trauma systems and medical helicopters in the UK' Injury 42, (1) 12-14 , DOI
Daniels R, Nutbeam T, McNamara G & Galvin C (2010) 'The sepsis six and the severe sepsis resuscitation bundle: a prospective observational cohort study' Emergency Medicine Journal 28, (6) 507-512 , DOI
Nutbeam T (2010) 'Clinical governance and prehospital care in the UK' Emergency Medicine Journal 28, (2) 91-92 , DOI
Nutbeam T & Daniels R (2010) 'Early goal-directed therapy: can the emergency department deliver' Emergency Medicine Journal 28, (3) 250-250 , DOI
Ebrahim GJ (2010) 'ABC of Sepsis. * Daniels R. and Nutbeam T. (eds)' Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 56, (4) 287-287 , DOI
Nutbeam T & Fergusson A (2009) 'Intraosseous access in osteogenesis imperfecta (IO in OI)' Resuscitation 80, (12) 1442-1443 , DOI
Robson W, Nutbeam T & Daniels R (2009) 'Sepsis: a need for prehospital intervention?' Emergency Medicine Journal 26, (7) 535-538 , DOI
Nutbeam T, O'Meara M & Henning J (2009) 'Scoring Systems and Their Possible Use in a Military ICU Setting' Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps 155, (2) 124-129 , DOI
(2009) 'BET 2 IS ENDOTRACHEAL ADRENALINE USEFUL IN ACUTE ASTHMA?' Emergency Medicine Journal 26, (6) 435-435 , DOI
(2009) 'BET 3. ENDOTRACHEAL ADRENALINE IN INTUBATED PATIENTS WITH ASTHMA' Emergency Medicine Journal 26, (5) 359-359 , DOI
Conference Papers
Nutbeam T, Enki DG, Clarke R, Luff T & Gay D (2016) 'Emergency Cricothyrotomy: Revised anatomy and its implications for clinical practice' RCEM Annual Scientific Conference 2016 Bournemouth Internationla Centre 9-/-0/20169-/-0/2016, DOI Open access



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