CV At Glance
RN Dip HE (Mental Health).
South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
March 2009 – February 2015
Working within the counties of Dyfed, Powys and West Mercia
South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trusts
December 2015- present
Registered CQC Manager Summerfield Health
February 2015 – present
Specialist adviser to the CQC
Prior to his time at University he spent 7 years in the Royal Air Force, promoted to the rank of Corporal in the RAF Police he served in the UK and abroad.
He has a wide range of experiences as a nurse in the public and private sectors both as a clinician and manager.
Paul’s nursing career has seen him working in demanding roles as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse and Ward Manager on Acute Psychiatric wards, Older Peoples Services, Dementia and Rehabilitation & recovery wards primarily in Shropshire but also in various settings throughout the county working through private nursing agencies.
His managerial career began not long after he qualified with a promotion in 2001 and another soon after in 2003 when he started work as a Charge Nurse for Shropshire’s Community and Mental Health NHS Trust at Shelton hospital, Shrewsbury.
Working on a 24-hour admission ward for people with acute mental health issues and with responsibility for a team of over 20 nurses and support staff Paul was responsible for the delivery of a high standard of care and management of ward resources, providing clinical leadership and teaching to all nursing and non-nursing staff. The role involved delegating and instructing the professional work of personnel and imparting knowledge and skills to junior staff & student nurses.
Recognising the improvements to patient care, his clinical judgement skills and effective management style he was soon promoted to Ward Manager in 2008.
His first role as a manager for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust involved setting up and developing a nurse led Behavioural Assessment unit for clients with challenging behaviour due to dementia or enduring mental health problems. Following the successful implementation of this project and a short period managing an assessment ward for older people Paul was again called upon to manage change within the organisation and he successfully set up a unit for patients who had physical health issues and mental health issues. This project challenged traditional practices and ways of working, changes in documentation and team attitudes. Due to his proven managerial abilities he was able to implement these changes quickly and effectively, ultimately improving patient care.
Medical Managerial Skills
Paul’s ability to manage change effectively, drive to improving the quality of patient care and understanding of the need for sound governance gained him a reputation as being able to manage struggling areas or wards that were performing below the standards required and to turn them around to meet the requirements of the organisation.
He was involved with the project team for the redesign of Mental Health Services in Shropshire helping to design and implement the new inpatient facilities.
Paul’s managerial style endeared him to patients, carers and staff, as a manager he was always present and visible on the ward, providing presence, support, guidance and developed a rapport with his patients.
Although a manager since 2008 within the NHS Paul always ensured he prioritised time to work as a clinician to ensure that his knowledge and skills were current.
Whilst working as a clinician and manger within the NHS since 2000 Paul worked alongside and for many private sector organisations gaining him knowledge and skills. He worked for several Nursing agencies over the years and he spent a considerable number of years working as a Forensic Nurse Practitioner in custody settings for various Police Forces in the country, a role traditionally undertaken by Police Doctors and Registered General Nurse. Paul was able to carry out this role due to his extensive clinical knowledge acquired through various roles and previous settings he experienced.
A New Role at Summerfield Road
Paul joined Summerfield Healthcare in December 2015 as he recognised our organisation’s drive to improve the standard of private healthcare. He was able to draw on his wide experience and provided our organisation with excellent policy and procedure structure, staff development and training, effective infection control, improved governance and leadership which was a significant contributory factor in the successful application to the CQC for registration as a new provider and also gained Paul his registration from the CQC as an approved manager.
Paul is keen to develop the service to meet the needs of clients and private practitioners.
Outside of work Paul is a keen sportsman with a particular interest in Cycling and running. He has competed in local and national events with a particular emphasis on running 10K and half marathon races, training regularly he is always keen to improve his times!