University of Central Lancashire Nursing graduate, Paul Jebb, has achieved great career success and has risen through the ranks from Staff Nurse to become an Associate Director for the NHS.
Paul’s career journey began at the University in the 1990s when he completed an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Pre-Registration Nursing, which he followed by graduating with a BSc (Hons) Nursing in 2001.
Whilst studying for his nursing qualifications, Paul worked as a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse at Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, he went on to higher level positions including Ward Manager, Senior Nurse Manager and Directorate Manager across several NHS Trusts.
From November 2010 to October 2014, Paul was the Assistant Director of Nursing/Patient Experience for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Whilst fulfilling this role, Paul returned to the University of Central Lancashire for postgraduate study and completed a master’s course in Health Services Management in 2012.
After this time, Paul continued to progress up the career ladder and went on to senior positions as Experience of Care Professional Lead, Assistant Chief Nurse as well as undertaking a secondment as Deputy Director of Nursing at Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust, with a remit around risk, assurance and engagement.
Paul now holds the position of Associate Director of Nursing, Experience and Engagement within Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.
He started this role at a challenging time during the Coronavirus pandemic and he has adapted quickly to the new ways of working.
He said: “My first two weeks in my new job has been really interesting. Meeting people within the social distancing rules as well as using lots of virtual meetings to get to know people and the organisation. Within the new role I will need to consider how I support the organisation, my team and others with engagement, whilst maintaining social distancing.”
Paul continued: “Despite the recent challenges, we’ve seen some very positive advances around how we now deliver healthcare. For example; in the way we use technology and the way we have made things happen to make a difference to care delivery. I think these developments are here to stay across the whole of the NHS.”
Throughout his career, Paul has progressed his professional development to achieve executive leadership and has successfully completed targeted training courses, including an NHSI (NHS Improvement) course aimed at Aspiring Executive Nurses.
Additionally, Paul is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and has experience of being on professional and governance boards such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Strategy Advisory Group and the RCNi (Royal College of Nursing) editorial board. As Chair of the Blackpool Carers Centre charity, Paul supports unpaid carers of all ages and he has also recently joined the steering group for the RCN Nurses in Leadership and Management Forum. In recognition of his outstanding work, Paul won a 2018 Cavell Nurses’ Star Award for his dedication to nursing.
Despite his prestigious place within the NHS, Paul believes his greatest professional achievement was when it all began back at the University. He said: “As well as becoming a father and a husband, my biggest achievement is graduating, when at school I never thought I would have gained a degree.”
Reflecting on his time studying at the University of Central Lancashire, Paul stated: “The support that I got from the academic staff was vital for me to achieve academically and personally. I have become more appreciative of academia.”
When asked what advice he would give to students wishing to pursue a similar career, Paul advised: “Be prepared to work hard and play hard. Take all the opportunities that come your way. Remember to have a voice for your profession and your patients.”
26 May 2020