Paul has worked in critical care nursing since 1986 in various clinical, educational, research, and professional roles. He qualified as an intensive care nurse in the UK and emigrated to Australia in late 2004. His current role is a joint appointment as Professor of Nursing with the Australian Catholic University and Nursing Director Research at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane (a 630-bed tertiary hospital specialising in cardiothoracic care), where he leads the Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre. He also has an Honorary Professorship with the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. His main program of research is focused on pressure injury prevention.