Paul is the Deputy Head of Department (Teaching), providing overall leadership for, and operational management of the Department’s undergraduate and post-graduate taught education provision.
Paul began his career as a Registered Nurse on the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at City Hospital, Birmingham, later moving to work on CCU at St James’s Hospital, Leeds. His PhD examining the influence of masculinity on men’s help-seeking behaviour for cardiac chest pain, was awarded in 2006 from the University of Leeds. Since this time he has developed a programme of research investigating men’s help-seeking and engagement with health services in a variety of issues including coronary heart disease, depression, perinatal mental health and chronic illness, and has published widely on these topics.
His current research primarily focuses on self-management support for men living with long term conditions and this is reflected in his research-led teaching activities, which involve contributions to pre- and post-registration nursing and midwifery programmes and postgraduate courses.
Paul held academic positions at the University of British Columbia and the University of Sheffield, before joining the University of York in 2011.
- Deputy Head of Department (Teaching)
- Head of Nursing and Midwifery
- Contributions across a range of modules in pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes.
Paul is able to supervise Masters projects with a broad focus on men’s health and those which relate to nursing or nurse education. Specific areas of interest include help-seeking behaviour (e.g. access to and uptake of health services) and self-management of long term conditions. Favoured approaches for Masters projects are qualitative evidence synthesis (particularly meta-ethnography) and scoping reviews.
- Supervision of PhD students:
- Helen Recchia (née Joyce)
- Cheryl Lythgoe
- Bev Waterhouse
- John Ratcliffe
- Sara Ma
Paul is an applied health researcher with an interest in the field of men's health, particularly in identifying ways to integrate understandings of masculinity into the design and delivery of health services in order to make them more effective, accessible and acceptable to men. He has used a range of research methodologies, with particular expertise in applied qualitative research.
Paul welcomes enquries for Masters and Doctoral student supervision or external examining (both PhD and taught Doctorate) in the fields of men's health, nursing, nursing education and qualitative research.
- BSc (Hons) Nursing
- PGcert Health Professional Education
- E-cigarettes for Smoking Cessation And reduction in People with mEntal illness (ESCAPE trial), Yorkshire Cancer Research (2020 – 2024
- Promoting Smoking CEssation and PrevenTing RElapse to tobacco use following a smokefree mental health inpatient stay: the SCEPTRE programme’, NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (2019 – 2023); co-investigator.
- Experiences, coping styles, self-management and support preferences of men with Systemic Sclerosis, World Scleroderma Foundation (2018-19)
- Complete smokefree policies in mental health inpatient settings: exploring the impact on smoking behaviour and the role of electronic cigarettes’, Cancer Research UK, (2018-2020)
- Development of a toolbox to aid therapeutic patient education in psoriasis, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) (2016-18)
- Identifying and managing perinatal mental health in male partners using the Born and Bred in Yorkshire (BaBY) cohort: A White Rose Collaboration in Gender and Perinatal Mental Health. White Rose Collaboration Fund (2015-16)
- How effective, accessible and acceptable are self-management interventions for men with long-term conditions? NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (2014-15)
- Review of the National Men’s Health Policy and Action Plan (NMHPAP); The Health Service Executive (HSE), Republic of Ireland (2014)
- Unpacking the effects of gender and ethnicity on healthcare utilization: The cardiac rehabilitation experiences of Indo-Canadian men. CIHR - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2008 – 2011)
- The health care experiences and needs of sudden cardiac arrest survivors following discharge from hospital: pilot study. Lyle Creelman Endowment Fund (2009 – 2010)
- Gender and Ethnic Differences in Treatment Seeking for Acute Coronary Syndromes. CIHR - Canadian Institutes for Health Research (2008 - 2010)
- Masculinities and Depression: The perspectives of men and their partners. CIHR - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2008 - 2010)
- The experiences and cardiac rehabilitation needs of South Asian myocardial infarction patients: pilot study. Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2007 – 2008)
Paul is interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas: men's health; masculinities; nursing research; self-management of long term conditions; cardiovascular disease; qualitative research.