Paul is the Deputy Head of Department (Nursing and Midwifery), providing overall leadership for, and operational management of the Department’s nursing, midwifery, and post-registration 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.
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.
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.
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.