Paul has worked in mental health nursing and nurse education for 34 years, with his time in practice being spent in community and specialist forensic mental health settings for children and adolescents. Following completion of his mental health and adult nurse training in the 1980s, Paul worked in a number of senior clinical nurse specialist roles before being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2004 at Birmingham City University. He also completed the ENB specialist practitioner award in child and adolescent mental health nursing at Birmingham City University.
Within this period Paul has also completed an MSc in addictions counselling (Birmingham University 2000-01), an M(Ed) completed at Birmingham City University in 2003/4, and is currently in the process of submitting his PhD for external examination. Paul's thesis has examined the professional socialization experiences of a group of mental health student nurses and the factors influencing the centrality of care in this process.
As a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University Paul was appointed as the pathway leader for the child and adolescent mental health nursing program in 2008. Since this time he has developed a range of teaching and learning resources focusing on child and adolescent mental health, and developed close links with clinicians engaged in this specialism.
Paul is the lead for the Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Pathway for post-qualifying students.