Paul Vaughan

Paul Vaughan

Head of Perceptions and General Practice Nursing, NHS Improvement

Paul works with NHS England/NHS Improvement as the Head of Perceptions and General Practice Nursing (previously Director of Nursing – Transformation at NHS England) where the focus of his role is on general practice nursing and the delivery of the GPN Ten Point Plan. Paul also leads Nursing Now England, a programme of work to change the perceptions of nursing.

Paul was a Regional Director with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Leading and managing RCN services in the West Midlands, Paul worked with key stakeholders to ensure the needs of RCN members within the region were met and the interests of nurses, HCAs and nursing were promoted and protected. Engaging members in the work of the RCN was a key focus for Paul. Through his conception and delivery of the Local Learning Event Programme (branch engagement) and the Cultural Ambassadors Programme (addressing concerns of BME members with the disciplinary and grievance process) the region gained a reputation for listening to members and working with them to deliver positive change.

Paul has also been the RCN’s HCA Adviser, offering advice to HCAs, Assistant Practitioners (AP) and employers on issues relating to the employment and development of these roles. He also made a significant contribution to the development of the HCA role in general practice through his role as the National Project Manager with the Working in Partnership Programmes (WiPP), Health Care Assistant Initiative.

In his clinical career, Paul was an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist nurse and led nursing services in a number of ENT departments in the NHS in England.

in 2017, Paul completed a Masters in Management with the University of Liverpool and his dissertation focused on the factors that enable nursing staff to raise concerns in their workplace.