Dr Paul graduated from University College London and completed his junior medical training around London. During this time, he also completed a Bachelors degree in Osteopathy. He obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1998.
He rotated through a number of specialist units as part of his speciality training with the RAF including Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and St George’s Hospital. During this time, Dr Paul contributed to the development of specialist guidance on the management of ankylosing spondylitis and published on the heritability of sporting ability which attracted national media interest. He holds postgraduate qualifications in Sports Medicine and Aviation Medicine.
Dr Paul served in the RAF both in the UK and overseas. He was appointed as a RAF Consultant at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court in 2006 and has been Lead Consultant responsible for back pain, neurological rehabilitation, and complex medical rehabilitation during his tenure. He also provided a general rheumatology and rehabilitation service which included clinical work overseas. A large component of his practice involved returning patients to their best physical, mental and psychosocial state following illness and injury to allow a speedy return to work. Dr Paul helped develop MOD wide policy on neck pain rehabilitation and chronic pain management.
He has held honorary Consultant Rheumatologist posts at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Kingston Hospitals. Dr Paul has been regularly involved in postgraduate teaching and the supervision of doctors in training. He has delivered presentations in the UK and overseas at specialists meetings. He has helped organise and examine for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Diploma in Disability Assessment clinical examinations since 2000.
Having studied law part time, graduating with a distinction and winning the Dean’s prize, Dr Paul has an interest in medicolegal issues. He has also published original work in peer reviewed journals and also chapters in textbooks, both medical and legal.