Paul is a safety scientist, medical educator and chartered ergonomist & human factors expert with around 30 years of experience leading and collaborating in research, innovation and educational development to improve the quality and safety of healthcare in the UK and internationally. He has also provided expert risk and safety consultancy to medical defence, independent investigation, commercial healthcare, aviation and military organisations. Paul is currently Programme Director (Safety and Improvement) with NHS Education for Scotland where he leads the Safety, Skills and Improvement Research Collaborative (SKIRC).
In 2004, Paul gained his doctorate in significant event analysis in primary healthcare from the University of Glasgow. He has published over 160 articles in international peer-reviewed healthcare journals and co-edited a book on patient safety and quality improvement in primary care.
Paul is Honorary Professor and a PhD supervisor and examiner in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, and Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a Registered Member of the UK Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, where he is also the Healthcare Sector Group Lead on Patient Safety.