Paul Boland

Paul Boland

Postgraduate Research Intern (Research Assistant)

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB406

+44 (0) 1772 89 5536

Subject Areas: Allied Health, Health and Public Health

Upon completion of a MSc by research, Paul started working as a CLAHRC-funded Postgraduate Research Intern (Research Assistant) in the Research Support Team (Academic), Faculty of Health & Wellbeing in January 2019.

Paul has previously worked at UCLan as a Student Engagement Assistant and a Mentoring Assistant within Student Services.

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Paul’s time within the Academic Research Support Team has seen him work on a range of health-related topics including polypharmacy and the factors experienced by people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities when accessing primary health care. He is currently working as part of the MIDAS team providing methodological support to projects on health, wellbeing and social care for the NIHR ARC NWC.

Paul’s research interests are centred around improving health and wellbeing within the population, particularly with regards to nutrition and physical activity.


  • MSc (by research) Health Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2019
  • Pg. Cert Project Management and Personal Development, University of Central Lancashire, 2014
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, 2013


  • Prize for Best Performance in a Final Year Research Project within the division of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, 2010
  • 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) University of Central Lancashire, Finalist, 2018
  • Winner of best poster at the CLAHRC Career Development Conference, University of London, 2018


Doherty, Alison Jayne, Boland, Paul , Reed, J, Clegg, Andrew, Stephani, Anne-Marie, Williams, N.H, Hedgecoe, L, Shaw, B, Hill, R et al (2019) Barriers and facilitators to deprescribing in primary care for patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy: a systematic review. In: The Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) conference, November 2019.

Doherty, Alison Jayne, Atherton, Helen, Boland, Paul, Hastings, Richard P, Hives, Lucy, Hood, Kerry, James-Jenkinson, Lynn, LEAVEY, RALPH, Randell, Liz et al (2019) Barriers and facilitators to primary healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities / autism: An integrative review. BJGP Open.

Doherty, Alison Jayne , Atherton, H, Boland, Paul, Hastings, Richard P., Hives, Lucy, Hood, Kerry, James-Jenkinson, Lynn, LEAVEY, RALPH, Randell, Liz et al (2019) Barriers and facilitators to primary health care for physical and or mental health issues experienced by adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities (only), autism (only), or both: an integrative review. In: World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 6th-9th August 2019, Glasgow. 

Boland, Paul (2019) An exploration of the barriers and enablers of using electrically assisted bikes (e-bikes) in the development of a stroke intervention for people after stroke. Masters thesis, University of Central Lancashire.

More Publications


2018 Poster Presentation, 5th International Health and Wellbeing Research with Real Impact Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

2019 Poster Presentation x 2, CLAHRC/ARC Discovery and Direction Event, Heydock Park, Newton-le-Willows


Previous Projects: Barriers and facilitators to primary healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities/autism: an integrative review

Current Projects:

Barriers and facilitators to deprescribing in primary care: A systematic review (Funded by NIHR CLAHRC)

The prevalence of comorbidities in epilepsy: a systematic review (FUNDED by NIHR CLAHRC)

Research Activities

Paul is currently working with Dr Alison Doherty and Professor Andrew Clegg, conducting evidence synthesis as part of the ARC NWC scheme on projects in health, wellbeing and social care.