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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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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?

(39) 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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Is Poor Sleep the Forgotten Risk Factor?

(2) Comments | Posted 15 July 2013 | (00:00)

We all know how a good night's sleep can do us wonders, and a late night of broken sleep can leave you feeling groggy, irritable and unproductive. But there's a lot more to be said about getting an early night than you may think.

As well as Andy Murray putting...

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Exercise Your Right for Clean Air

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (09:05)

This week, I caught a glimpse of the future. I came across an image of a muscular, keep-fit fanatic, exercising outside in a gloomy Singapore wearing just shorts and a hepa filter mask.

As air pollution in Singapore hit record highs last week due to numerous forest fires,...

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Sex and Cancer Connection in the Spotlight

(1) Comments | Posted 7 June 2013 | (00:00)

A topic that's dominated the news this week is the link between throat cancer and oral sex. In a recent interview, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas brought this topic into the spotlight by saying that genital human papillomavirus (HPV) transmitted through oral sex caused his 2010 throat cancer diagnosis....

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Jog Your Way to a Longer Life

(22) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (00:00)

Longer, healthier, happier lives; that's what drives me. It's Bupa's purpose and therefore as Chief Medical Officer, it's also my purpose. I consider myself to be a healthy individual, but I have some pretty poor genes, with both my father and brother dying from heart attacks at an early age....

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