Summary: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing
Location: Baines Wing
Over the years Paul has held a number of strategic roles within the School including acting Head of School, Director of Learning and Teaching, Director of Practice, Institute Head, Postgraduate Research Tutor and currently Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Faculty of Medicine and Health.
With regard to learning and teaching activity Paul leads two modules and contributes to a range of modules across the School, with his primary focus being the application of biological sciences, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and cardiovascular and respiratory disorders.
Paul also contributes to the development of clinical skills and clinical examination. Paul maintains strong links with clinical partners and indeed views the partnership with practitioners and service users and carers as central to the focus of learning and teaching and research activity.
The main focus for Paul's research has been on cardiac disorders, including the use of cardiac power to evaluate cardiac function especially in people with heart failure. Most recently he led a research group examining psychosocial adjustment in men and women following implantation of an Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) and supervises a PhD project around service user decision making with regard to cardiac devices.
Paul has supervised numerous dissertations at postgraduate level and undergraduate research projects, where he applies his methodological experience using mixed methods approaches.
Paul has supervised four PhD students to completion - varied topics including focusing on the influence of masculinity on the help seeking behaviour of white and South Asian men following chest pain, the information needs about herbal remedies for women experiencing menopausal symptoms and using realist evaluation to understand the impact of radiographers interpreting mammograms. Current PhD projects include , evaluating the use of dashboards to enhance quality outcomes (applying realist evaluation); the experience of those who decide to have an ICD and the use of peer led intervention to improve health behaviours within a secure environment. He is particularly interested in exploring further how individuals cope with ICDs and indeed supports research students to explore cardiac nursing issues.
Paul has experience in using survey methods involving quantitative and qualitative methods to assess anxiety, depression and quality of life especially in relation to the effects of acute and long term cardiac disorders. He has experience of qualitative methods using interview techniques and focus group work and a range of approaches to qualitative data analysis.
Paul is able to provide support undertaking quantitative systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Previously he has been engaged in undertaking cardiovascular physiological measurements (especially cardiopulmonary exercise testing) as a way of evaluating cardiac performance in health and disease. Research topics he has supervised or led include the effect of masculinity, culture and ethnicity on the response to acute cardiac chest pain; anxiety, depression, role performance and quality of life following implantation of a cardioverter defibrillator and the effects of exercise training on cardiac performance where there is heart failure.
He is a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nursing and British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. He is co-author of a book examining the biological basis of metal health problems and has recently lead the publication of an introduction to anatomy and physiology for healthcare professionals text (Scion publishers 2017). Within the University and faculty he has contributed to a number of committees.