Personal profile


Coming from a military family Paul understands the unique current and historic landscape of the Military community, and specifically children, young people and young carers. Paul joined the Armed Forces (Royal Logistic Corps) when he was 17 and undertook tours in both Bosnia and Kosovo. On leaving the Armed Forces, Paul completed a BSc in Mental Health nursing, specialising in children’s mental health nursing in 2013. Paul then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health nursing (School Nurse) in 2014. Paul was appointed the school nurse for Catterick Military Garrison, supporting the health and well-being of 1,600 children, young people, and young carers.

Paul is currently a lecturer in children and young people’s mental health, Specialist Public Health Nursing (School Nursing and Health Visiting) and manager of the Northern Hub for Military and Veterans Family Research at Northumbria University, with a growing portfolio of research on children, young people and young carers within the military community. Moreover, Paul is currently undertaking a PhD titled: The experiences of being a young carer of a veteran parent with PTSD: A narrative enquiry.

Research interests

As Principle Investigator, Paul has undertaken international research in Denmark looking at the mental well-being of Danish Military Children. This initital work with the Danish military charity SSOP,  generated a 4-year project, which is now underway to explore the impact of SSOP’s interventions on the well-being of military children.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Nursing, BSc (Hons), Mental Health, Northumbria University

15 Sept 201022 Sept 2013

Award Date: 9 Sept 2013

External positions

The Baton

3 Feb 2019 → …


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