Paul Newton

Dr Paul Newton BA Hons, MSc, PhD

Paul Newton

Dr Paul Newton
BA Hons, MSc, PhD

Research Lead for Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science

Department of Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr Paul Newton has been Research Lead in the Department of Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science at the University of Greenwich since April 2016. He worked as a Research Fellow at the University from 2011.  Paul has over 15 years' experience as a social and public health researcher, and his research relates mainly to the management of chronic conditions; patient and public involvement in health; and the healthcare workforce.

He completed his MSc at the London School of Economics, and attained his PhD in Sociology Applied to Healthcare from King's College London. His current teaching relates mainly to public health, the sociology of health and illness and research methods - he also currently supervises a number of PhD students.

  • 2016/Present, Research Lead, University of Greenwich
  • 2011/16, Research Fellow, University of Greenwich
  • 2006/10, Research Associate, Kings College London
  • 2004/06, Lecturer/Researcher, City University

Research Lead for Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science

Paul is a member of the Faculty Research and Enterprise Committee and is also a Research Lead within the Health and Society Research Group.

  • Recognition of Excellence Award, Institute of Integrated Care: Research into identifying and managing oral pain and discomfort in people living with dementia
  • British Dental Association's Annual Community Dental Services Conference: Research into identifying and managing oral pain and discomfort in people living with dementia

Paul is a Member of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust Research and Development Committee as well as Health Education England's Dementia Friendly Dentistry Group. Paul also a peer reviewer for numerous health and social science journals as well as for the National Institute of Health Research. Paul's recent research on oral pain in people living with dementia has recently received:

Paul's areas of expertise the management of chronic conditions, the perceptions and experiences of healthcare professionals and people living with chronic illness and their carers, as well as health and social care workforce. He is particularly interested in pathways to care; self-management of chronic illness; patients' experiences of signs and symptoms of illness; as well as information and help-seeking behaviour.

Other research areas published include: Gypsy and Traveller health; perceptions and experiences of health and illness; applying social theory to chronic and disabling conditions; pain, dementia; oral health; patient-centred care as well as patient empowerment in Type 2 Diabetes and other long term conditions.

Paul has a strong track record in health and social care workforce research including medical, dental, nursing, paramedicine; social work; auxiliary workforce issues, as well as interprofessional working.

Although primarily a qualitative researcher, Paul also specialises in mixed-methods studies and the evaluation of health interventions and consultations. Paul is skilled in developing high quality project proposals for submission to external funding streams; setting up, managing and delivering projects and disseminating research through a number of channels, such as peer reviewed journal papers, reports, books and presentations at national and international workshops, seminars and conferences.

Funded research projects

2017 -  South London Hospices Education Collaborative -  Evaluation of 'Rotational Post - End of Life Care / Cancer and Care of the Elderly' Project

2017 – Health Education England -  Developing and delivering a health and wellbeing programme for pre-registration, non-medical healthcare students at the University of Greenwich: A mixed-method PhD study

2016 -  Greenwich Research and Enterprise Investment Grant -   An exploratory study of paramedics' perceptions and experiences of recognising, assessing and managing pelvic injuries in pre-hospital situations

2016 -  Greenwich Research and Enterprise  Investment Grant -  Altered pain perception in chronic fatigue syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis

2016 - Nursing and Midwifery Council - The progress and outcomes of Black and minority ethnic nurses through the NMC Fitness to Practise Process

2016 -  Greenwich Research and Enterprise Investment Grant –  Barriers and enablers to implementing interprofessional education principles in practice amongst healthcare students

2015 - Health Education North, Central and East London - An evaluation of the Mental Health Worker Programme

2015 -  Greenwich Research and Enterprise Investment Grant - A qualitative study of information seeking and use amongst women who have self-identified as problematic drinkers

2014 - Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex – The identification and management of oral pain and discomfort in people living with dementia: A mixed-method sequential-explanatory study

2014 - Health Education England - Educators' and trainees' experiences of postgraduate medical education in two regions

2014 -  Greenwich Research and Enterprise Investment Grant - Barriers and facilitators to the uptake of childhood immunisation in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities

2013 - NHS Kent and Medway - Analysis of a Consultation on Acute Mental Health Crisis Care in Kent

2012 - The South East London Health Innovation and Education Cluster - Improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of organisations that provide assessment and intervention to people who have a diagnosis of dementia

2012 - NHS London - Newly-qualified nurses' readiness for work: selection and recruitment of newly-qualified nurses

2012 - NHS London - Newly-qualified nurses' readiness for work: Job-seeking experiences of newly-qualified mental health nurses

2012 - East and Coastal Kent Foundation Trust - East Kent Maternity Services Review

Newton P. and Smith D. (2017) 'Factors influencing uptake of Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) immunisation in site-dwelling Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities: A qualitative study of GRT parents' beliefs and experiences' Child: Health, Care and Development DOI: 10.1111/cch.12453; Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16429

Hart, L. and Newton P. (2017) Therapeutic hypothermia in cardiac arrest: A literature review. Journal of Paramedic Practice 9 (3) 126-131; Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16435

Newton, P., Asimakopoulou, K., Al-Haboubi, M. and Scambler, S (2017) Exploring experiences of ageing with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D): The case for a whole-system approach in Docking, R. and Stock, J. (Eds) The International Handbook of Positive Ageing. Routledge, London.

Smith, D. and Newton, P. (2016) 'Structural barriers to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisation uptake in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the United Kingdom', Critical Public Health, 27 (2). pp. 238-247; Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15687

Al-Haboubi, M., Newton, P. and Gallagher, J. E. (2016) Meeting patient and professional needs: views of stakeholders on a training initiative for Dentists with a Special Interest in Endodontics in London. Primary Dental Journal, 5 (2). pp. 54-63. Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15690

Newton, P., Scambler, S. and Asimakopoulou K. (2015). A Qualitative Exploration of Motivation to Self-Manage and Styles of Self-Management amongst People Living with Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Research, Article ID 638205, 9 pages, doi:10.1155/2015/638205. Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14597

Newton, P., Chandler, V., Morris-Thomson, T., Sayer, J. and Burke, L. (2015). Exploring selection and recruitment processes for newly qualified nurses: A sequential-explanatory mixed-method study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(1), pp. 54-64. Available on GALA: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jan.12467

Scambler, S., Newton, P. and Asimakopoulou, K. (2014). The context of empowerment and self-care within the field of diabetes. Health, An Interdisciplinary Journal, 18, 6:545-560. Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11693

Newton, P., Reeves, R., West, E. and Schofield, P. (2014). Patient-centred assessment and management of pain for older adults with dementia in care home and acute settings. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 24, 2:139-144. Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11346

Asimakopoulou, K., Newton, P., A J. Sinclair, A.J. & Scambler, S. (2012). Barriers and opportunities of empowerment as applied in diabetes settings; A focus on healthcare professionals' experiences. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 9, 1:18-22. Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8168

Newton, P., Asimakopoulou, K. & Scambler, S (2012) The Information Continuum: Information seeking and use amongst people living with Type 2 Diabetes. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8152

Scambler, S. and Newton, P. (2011) Capital transactions, disruptions and the emergence of personal capital in a lifeworld Under Attack. Social Theory and Health. 9: 130-146; Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5766

Asimakopoulou, K., Newton, P., A.J. Sinclair, A.J. & Scambler, S. (2011) Health Care Professionals' understanding and day-to-day practice of patient empowerment in diabetes; time to pause for thought? Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 95, 2:224-9. Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5777

Asimakopoulou, K., Gilbert D., Newton, P. & Scambler, S. (2011) Editorial - Back to basics: Re-examining the role of patient empowerment in diabetes. Patient Education and Counselling. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2011.03.017; Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5775

Newton, P., Scambler, S. & Asimakopoulou K. (2011) Marrying contradictions: Healthcare professionals' perceptions of empowerment in the care of people with Type 2 Diabetes. Patient Education and Counseling: doi:10.1016/j.pec.2011.03.015; Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6909

Newton, P., Cabot, L, Wilson, NHF & Gallagher, J.E. (2011) The Graduate Entry Generation: A qualitative study exploring the factors influencing the career expectations and aspirations of graduate entry programme students studying dentistry. BMC Oral Health 11:25. Available on GALA: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5776

Asimakopoulou, K., Newton, P. and Scambler, S. (2010) 'First do no harm': the potential shortfalls of empowerment in diabetes. European Diabetes Nursing, 7 (2) pp. 79-81.

Scambler, S. & Newton, P. (2009) "Where the biological predominates: Habitus, reflexivity and capital accrual in the field of Battens disease. In Scambler, G. & Scambler, S. (eds.) Assaults on the Lifeworld: New Directions in the Sociology of Chronic and Disabling Conditions. London;

Newton, P. and Copperman, J (2007) Linking social work agency perspectives on interprofessional education into a school of nursing and midwifery. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 21, (2), pp.141-54;

Jones, K., Newton, P., Goodsman, D, Gibbons, D.E., Newton, J.T. (2005) An appraisal of options of the training and education of professionals complementary to dentistry. British Dental Journal. 23; 198 (8), pp.499-502;

Copperman, J. and Newton, P. (2005) Scoping interprofessional education and training in North East London. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 19, (5), pp.523-25;

Draper, A., Mitchell, J., Newton, P. and Gustafsson, U., Green, J. and Thorogood, N. (2005) An evaluation of participatory methods for research with hard-to-reach groups. Fare Choice, 33 (2). P.4;

Bower, E.J., Newton, P., Gibbons, D.E., Newton, J.T. (2004) A national survey of dental technicians: career development, professional status and job satisfaction. British Dental Journal 14;197 (3), pp.144-8;

Bower, E.J., Newton, P., Gibbons, D.E., Newton, J.T. (2004) Status, satisfaction, and career development: A national survey of dental technicians. Vital Vol. 1, Winter, pp. 23-25;

Allen, C.D., Newton, P. and Newton, J.T. (2003) Recruitment and retention of dental nurses and dental hygienists in general practice. Primary Dental Care.10 (3), pp. 65-8.

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Newton, P. (2015). Educators' experiences of establishing postgraduate medical education training in South London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Developing Excellence in Medical Education Conference.

Newton, P. (2015). Experiences of oral health, dental pain and living with dementia. A focus group study about carers' experiences. British Dental Associations Community Dental Services Conference.

Newton, P. (2014).The management of oral pain and discomfort in people living with dementia. Kent Community Health Clinical Audit & Research Conference.

Newton, P. (2013). Contrasting healthcare professionals' and patients' accounts of the causes of Type 2 diabetes. British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology Conference.

Newton, P. (2011).The Information Continuum: Information seeking and use amongst people living with Type 2 Diabetes. World Diabetes Congress.

Newton, P. (2011). Health Care Professionals' understanding and day-to-day practice of patient empowerment in diabetes; time to pause for thought? World Diabetes Congress.

Newton, P. (2011). Information seeking and use amongst people living with Type 2 Diabetes. Spring Diabetes Conference, University of Greenwich & Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation.

Newton, P. (2011).Older Peoples' Research Agenda for Oral Health. International Association of Dental Research Conference.

Newton, P. (2010). An Analysis of the effects of long-term illness on capital accumulation and transactions. British Sociological Association's Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference.

Newton, P. (2009). Contrasting patient and professional views of empowerment within Type 2 diabetes. United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine 4th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Newton, P. (2009). 'I realised I had diabetes': Diagnostic realisation as an enacted social process [Abstract No.102]. United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine 4th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Newton, P. (2009). Patient Responses to the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and its complications. [Abstract No.104]. United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine 4th Annual Scientific.

Newton, P. (2008). To direct or not to direct, that is the question? Therapeutic Patient Education Conference.

Newton, P. (2007). The construction of self as a social settlement in health. British Sociological Association's Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference.

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