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Paul studied medicine at Cambridge and then Guy's hospital, qualifying in 1986. He then went on to train as a GP in Oxford before becoming a GP Principle in 1991, which continued until December 2011.

Paul commenced his NHS management career during the development of Fund Holding and spent some time working with the early NHS Modernisation Agency in 2002. He set up and became CEO of one of the first Care Trusts in the country. Paul has been the CEO of a number of PCTs, including Chelmsford, North East Essex, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

In January 2010, Paul became CEO of NHS Cambridgeshire and subsequently CEO of NHS Peterborough. In February 2011, Paul joined the King's Fund as Medical Advisor and Primary Care Advisor.

Paul is obsessive about high quality, affordable healthcare and is dedicated to Bupa’s purpose –longer, healthier, happier lives.

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How Businesses Can Help Reduce the Health Risk of Unhealthy Environments

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2016 | (13:11)

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that approximately 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 - nearly one in four of total global deaths. Environmental risk factors such as air pollution, water contamination and wider...

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Too Hot for Health: How Health Systems Will Cope With Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2015 | (16:12)

The United Nation's climate change summit, COP21 in Paris will be one of the most important opportunities to date to save global health. With one in eight deaths from diseases related to air pollution associated with burning fossil fuels each year, as reported by the World Health Organization, collective steps...

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Start Healthy Heart Habits Young

(1) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (10:16)

Your heart is a biological wonder. For such a small organ (it's the size of a fist) it certainly packs a punch. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day; transporting vital oxygen and nutrients, and pumping 23,000 litres of blood around your body - all in a day's work.

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Your Neighbourhood Needs You - Give a Little Community Spirit to Help Our Elders

(4) Comments | Posted 23 January 2015 | (23:00)

Are you part of the sandwich generation? By this I mean are you caring for both your children and an elderly parent? If you're over 35, this may well apply to you, and you probably noticed it most acutely during the festive period just gone.

For many, Christmas and...

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The Aches and Pains of Commuting

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (23:00)

How much time do you spend sitting every day? Let me give you an example. You wake up after a good night's rest of seven hours, and give yourself an hour to get up and get ready for work. Then you sit on a train or in a car for...

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Mental Health Prejudice Rife in the Workplace

(3) Comments | Posted 2 November 2014 | (23:00)

I want to ask you a question. Let's say a member of your team returns to work after breaking a leg or other physical ailment. Do you: a) tread on eggshells around them, b) ignore them altogether or c) ask them how they are?

Of course, you ask them how...

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Mid-Life Health Affects Your Risk of Dementia

(1) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (00:00)

A staggering fact: if a person dies at 80 with Alzheimer's, the disease may have started in their brain at age 45.

Fascinating and frightening as this fact may be, it shows that there's no stronger incentive than to improve your health as you move through the middle years...

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Is Ebola Coming to the UK?

(3) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (16:10)

The Ebola outbreak is dominating the news. Turn on your TV, the radio, open a newspaper, chat to your colleague while the kettle boils - everyone is talking about it.

An outbreak like this is a tragic event, and naturally the stories and images we see and hear in the...

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Youths Risk Cancer for a Tanned Look This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (00:00)

What a glorious summer we're being treated too! It makes a wonderful change not to hear the usual dull drone of comments about rainfall, bad weather or 'a typical, wet British summer.' We're giving the rest of Europe a run for their money on the good weather front, with weeks...

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Sweet Relief in Supermarkets

(1) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (00:00)

Last week, I found myself in a supermarket that I didn't usually shop in. Armed with a trolley and a list from my wife, I was ready to get the job done - in and out in 20 minutes. But my surroundings were different and the supermarket's layout didn't reflect...

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Marathon on Your Mind? Why Running Can Protect Your Brain

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (00:00)

The marathon season has arrived. Last weekend, runners took to the streets of Brighton, Blackpool, Manchester, Milan and Paris to push themselves to the limits of human endurance. This weekend, Rotterdam, Vienna and, of course, London are hosting 26-mile courses for thousands more avid runners.

If you're signed up for...

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Weaning the World Off Salt

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (23:00)

If there's one ingredient that has regularly hit the headlines over the last couple of months, it's sugar. But this week, a similar looking foodstuff has replaced our attention - salt.

This harmless looking mineral has a lot to answer for. And the fact that most people's only...

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A Change of Heart for Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2014 | (10:22)

As I scanned the shelves yesterday for the perfect Valentine's Day card for my wife, the familiar shape of a heart appeared again and again. It was dressed up in a variety of guises - red, gold, glittered and sequined - but the shape stayed the same, as did the...

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Why Your Toilet and Fridge Could Hold the Key to Your Health

(1) Comments | Posted 11 February 2014 | (09:59)

The first thing I did this morning, before I even got out of bed, was peel off the patch attached to my upper right arm, which was linked to my Smartphone. My phone then flashed up a precise graph of last night's sleeping pattern. I then made my way to...

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It's a Sugar-Coated World We Live In

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (23:00)

It's a new year, and for many of you, cutting down on alcohol, chocolate or cigarettes may well be on your January agenda. But how about cutting back on fruit juice? Yes, that's right. One of your trusted five-a-day may not be doing you as much good as you think.

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Surge in Diabetes Bigger Than Predicted

(1) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (23:00)

Since 1991, World Diabetes Day has been celebrated every year on 14 November. Yet, this year, the word 'celebrate' is very far from the reality we face.

The International Diabetes Federation's (IDF) Global Diabetes Atlas, released this week, has painted a pretty grim picture, with projected...

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Fat, Sugar or Carbs: Which Is the Bad Guy?

(38) Comments | Posted 26 October 2013 | (00:00)

You're in a supermarket holding a cereal packet. It says 'low-fat' and the traffic light label is green showing that there's very little saturated fat. So far so good - for your waistline and your heart, right?

But then you notice that the sugar content is pretty high. So is...

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Pushing for More Support for Dementia Carers

(1) Comments | Posted 28 September 2013 | (00:00)

As World Alzheimer's Month comes to a close, I want to reflect on some very real revelations that have emerged over the past few weeks, as well as highlight the need to shift our attention to the dementia family carer.

The 2013 World Alzheimer's Report has...

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Don't Forget Your Toothbrush: Oral Hygiene Linked to Dementia

(10) Comments | Posted 2 August 2013 | (00:00)

Two minutes in the morning and two minutes at night. Maintaining good oral health doesn't take up much time at all in the grand scheme of your busy day. But don't underestimate the importance of those four little minutes.

Not only does regular brushing help keep your teeth and gums...

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How Much of a Risk is the Recent Heatwave to Health?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (06:45)

If there's one thing we've all been talking about this past fortnight, it's the heatwave. Most parts of the UK have baked in temperatures exceeding 28˚C for over two weeks now, with the hottest day in seven years recorded this Tuesday, topping 33.5˚C.

For most...

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