During the 1990s Dr Kennedy was Research Fellow in CLL and Lymphoma at Leeds University under Professor Peter Hillmen having been introduced to CLL years before by Dr David Oscier and the late Professor Terry Hamblin when he was a Haematology Registrar in Bournemouth.
In 2002 Dr Kennedy was appointed Consultant Haematologist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. He has sat on the UK CLL Forum Executive Committee since it was conceived and was secretary to the forum for many years. Dr Kennedy was also secretary to the NCRN CLL clinical trials subcommittee and continues to sit on this committee helping to shape future clinical trials in the UK.
Dr Kennedy's clinical practice is exclusively lymphoid malignancy including CLL, Hodgkin and Non Hodgkin Lymphoma. He was Chair of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Lymphoma MDT from 2005 to 2012. and has published widely and co written international guidelines on the use of alemtuzumab in CLL.
Dr Kennedy works with the European School of Haematology at international events studying communication problems between doctors and patients. He was Head of Laboratory haematology at UHL 2002 to 2009 and Head of Department of Haematology 2009- 2012.
CLL and Lymphoproliferative disorders are usually long term conditions with complex problems at every stage be it establishing diagnosis, understanding prognosis, dealing with complications or managing therapy.