Paul chose a career in nursing because of the variety of the job, as well as being drawn to the idea that no two days would be the same.
Paul holds various qualifications awarded to him by the University of Central Lancashire, with his first of them being an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Pre-Registration Nursing in 1996 before completing his BSc (Hons) in Nursing in the early 2000s. “The support that I got from the academic staff was vital for me to achieve academically and personally,” he said.
Paul continued studying at the University whilst working in a variety of positions including staff nurse, Senior Nurse Manager, and Assistant Director of Nursing. Paul now holds the position of Associate Director of Nursing and Lead nurse for Lancaster Royal Infirmary for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. In addition to this role, Paul is an Honorary Senior Lecturer here at the University of Central Lancashire and he is currently on secondment as Deputy Director of Nursing at Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust, with a remit around risk, assurance and engagement.
Paul is also a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Strategy Advisory Group and a member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCNi) Editorial board, as well as being Chair if the Blackpool Carers Centre Charity, supporting unpaid carers of all ages. In addition to all of this, Paul has recently 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. Paul said: “As well as becoming a father and a husband, my biggest achievement is graduating when at school I never thought I would have gain degree.
“Due to the support I had, I have become more appreciative of academia and have gone on to complete numerous courses including an MA in Health Service Management at UCLan.”
As for any final words of wisdom, Paul offers this advice: “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.”
20 September 2018