Paula has over 23 years experience in urology covering all urological subspecialities as a clinical nurse specialist. She is currently the urology lead nurse for the largest NHS Trust in the UK and the President of the European Association of Urological Nursing (EAUN) until 2024, with the aim to facilitate the standardization of nursing care across Europe and globally.
Paula recognised in her career there was a lack of support for patients that had sexual difficulties whether this was related to psychological concerns, organic (ill health) or both. She now sub-specialises as a psychosexual therapist after gaining a qualification in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy. This has given her patients better access to help and support around their sexual and relationship needs. Since Covid the need to help people’s wellbeing, has become even more apparent, with a focus on more support on sexual issues and interpersonal relationships.
Paula completed a fast track Executive Master of Business Administration (eMBA) in Health Care, in 2013. Which gave her the skills and knowledge to innovate change and improve on patient care and experience. She has won 10 national awards in Health and Civil Service including highly commended and proxime accessit in ‘Cancer Nurse of the Year Awards in 2016’ for raising standards of uro-oncological nursing care. In 2018 she won ‘The Urology Nurse of the Year’, based on a track record of innovation and delivering internationally on leadership. Paula was invited to Hong Kong, China, Saudi and New Zealand to lecture on Urological Nursing Innovation and Patient Care. In 2019 her team won the UK Macmillan Professionals Award in Quality Excellence, raising standards and improving equity across a healthcare network.