Nurse director retires after 45 years with NHS

Paul Wilson (left), with Joan James associate nurse director.

Paul Wilson (left), with Joan James associate nurse director.

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AFTER working over 45 years with the NHS, Paul Wilson, OBE, has retired.

Paul has spent the last 13 years working with NHS Lanarkshire and was director of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

He started his career in Newcastle where he worked in psychiatric nursing and then moved into general nursing. He gained diplomas in nursing, management studies and an MBA from Henley Management College.

He moved to Kent in 1982 where he became the youngest chief nursing officer in charge of a health authority in Great Britain. He later became director of policy and planning in Kent.

In 1987 Paul moved to Glasgow to lead the largest psychiatric unit in the UK and in 1991 he was appointed to manage NHS Lothian’s seven directly managed units including the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

He moved to the management executive of the NHS in Scotland in 1994 before joining NHS Lanarkshire in 1999.

Paul’s service to nursing was recognised in 2004 when he was awarded an OBE.

He said: “The 13 years at Lanarkshire have been the best years of my career because of the people I worked with.

“They have not only been very talented but they have been extremely warm and generous.”

Acting chief executive Ian Ross praised the work and legacy that Paul has left Lanarkshire with.

He said: “Paul has been a great ambassador for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals but mostly for patients.

“He was a great visionary seeking the highest standards of patient care and was responsible for establishing facilities such as the practice development unit to ensure staff had access to continuous learning.”

As well as spending more time with his family, Paul plans to keep busy by enrolling to study economics and politics.