School of Medical Education

Staff Profile

Dr Paul Paes

Sub Dean MBBS Admissions; Clinical Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine



I am a Consultant and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine. My clinical role is with Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust where I am also Clinical Director for their New Models of Care Programme. 

University Roles and Responsibilities

Sub Dean for MBBS Recruitment and Admissions, School of Medical Education.

Member of:

  • Board of Medical Studies, School of Medical Education 
  • Joint Admissions and Recruitment Executive (Chair), School of Medical Education
  • Recruitment and Widening Participation Committee, School of Medical Education
  • Undergraduate Student Recruitment Group, Faculty of Medical Sciences


  • Medical Schools Council Selection Alliance Board
  • Association for Palliative Medicine Executive Committee
  • Association for Palliative Medicine Education Lead


  • 1997 MB BS, Newcastle University
  • 2000 MRCP
  • 2004 MSc, Kings College London
  • 2006 MMEd, Dundee University
  • 2009 FRCP
  • 2016 EdD, Newcastle University
  • 2017 Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy



My research interests are around decision making, both from a clinical and educational perspective.  This particularly focusses clinically on long term conditions and end of life decision making: ethics, anticipatory planning and managing complexity.  Educational research is focussed on the development of skills of clinical judgement.

Postgraduate supervision

2017 Fiona Maccormick, PhD, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

2016 Deepta Churm, MD, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University 

2013 Katie Frew, PhD, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University 


I teach substantially in Phase 2 of the MBBS programme attached to Northumbria Base Unit in the fields of communication, ethics and palliative care.