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Paul studied for his undergraduate degree at Brighton University and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatric Studies (First Class) in 1991. Paul went on to study for a Master of Science degree in Podiatry at the same University and graduated with an MSc in 1996.
Paul worked in the NHS for 11 years where he gained experience in treating a number of specialist groups. He worked on Orthopaedic, Diabetic, Psychiatric, Wound care and Rheumatology clinics. He gained additional experience in the treatment of children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Paul also worked in a management position for 5 years where he co-ordinated a small team of staff and ran a biomechanics orthotic laboratory.
Paul currently works at The University of Northampton as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Division of Podiatry. He has worked in the University sector since 1994. He trains undergraduate and postgraduate Podiatry students and also works at the clinical training unit at Northampton General Hospital where he specialises in the management of musculoskeletal problems of the lower limb, foot and ankle orthopaedics, biomechanics, orthotic management with an interest in foot surgery. He currently supervises 3 PhD students.
In 2008 Paul was awarded a Fellowship of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Medicine and in 2009 he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2010 Paul was awarded a PhD at The University of Northampton where he investigated osteoarthritic changes in the big toe joint.
In 2012 I became a member of the following School of Health Committees:
Research & Enterprise
Science Research Degree Board
In 2012 Paul was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision and became a Fellow Faculty Podiatric Medicine of Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasg).
Also in 2012, Paul became a member of the NRES Research Ethics Committee (East Midlands Ð Leicester) and a mentor on the clinical academic career intern scheme (NHS Midlands & East).
In 2015 Paul was awarded Chartered Scientist status.
In 2017 Paul was awarded examiner status within the Faculty Podiatric Medicine at the Royal College Physicians Surgeons Glasgow.
Areas of interest
Orthopaedics lower limb;
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BSc (Hons): The Effect of Occlusive Peripheral Arterial Disease on Vibration Perception Threshold. Brighton University, 1992.
MSc: Changes in the Tibiofemoral Angle in Children aged 1 to 9 Years. Brighton University, 1996.
PhD: An Evidence-Based Classification Framework For Hallux Rigidus. University of Northampton. 2009.
CSci: Chartered Scientist
Fellow Faculty Podiatric Medicine of Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasg).
The impact of research on the understanding and management of the diabetic Charcot foot.
Podiatric perspective: a case study of rheumatoid arthritis and a multidisciplinary approach.
In-toeing gait in children. A review of the literature.
Is in-toeing gait a developmental stage ?
Recent developments in the mechanism of action of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on the gastrointestinal mucosa.
Is there a link between juvenile hallux abducto-valgus and generalised hypermobility ?
Generalised hypermobility: Is it a predisposing factor towards the development of juvenile hallux abducto-valgus ?
Frontal plane configuration of the knee in children.
The Surgical Treatment of Hallux Limitus/ Rigidus: A Critical Review of the Literature.
Classification systems for hallux rigidus: A review of the literature.
A cross-sectional study to evaluate radiological parameters in hallux rigidus.
Hallux rigidus: A cross-sectional study to evaluate clinical parameters.
A review of the differences between normal and osteoarthritic articular cartilage in human knee and ankle joints.
Use of primary corticosteroid injection in the management of plantar fasciopathy. Is it time to challenge existing practice? An Analysis.
Risk factors associated with the development of posterior tibial tendinopathy.
Plantar fasciopathy – Revisiting the risk factors.
Electroencephalographic evoked pain response is suppressed by spinal cord stimulation in complex regional pain syndrome: a case report.
Complex regional pain syndrome of the foot and its management using spinal cord stimulation. I
Use of spinal cord stimulation in managing neuropathic foot pain: A case series report.
Treatment planning. In Tollafield, D.R., & Merriman, L.M. Clinical skills in treating the foot. Churchill Livingstone.
Orthopaedic Assessment. In Merriman, L.M. & Turner, W. Assessment of The Lower Limb. 2nd Ed. Churchill Livingstone.
The Paediatric Patient. In Merriman, L.M. & Turner, W. Assessment of The Lower Limb. 2nd Ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2002.
The Child's Foot. In Turner, W. & Merriman, L.M. Clinical Skills in Treating the Foot. 2nd Ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2005.
- BSc(Hons) Brighton University 1992
- MSc Brighton University 1997
- PhD University of Northampton 2010
- Postgraduate Certificate Research Degree Supervision University of Northampton 2012
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Fellow College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Medicine College of Podiatry 2008
- Fellow Faculty Podiatric Medicine Royal College Physicians Surgeons (Glasg) 2012
- Chartered Scientist College of Podiatry 2015
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow Higher Education Academy