Paul McAleer


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    United Kingdom


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Paul is a RNLD who has previously practised in community, inpatient forensic and criminal justice services, holding a range of specialist nursing/practitioner roles. His extensive clinical experience has been focused on supporting the biopsychosocial needs of offenders with learning disabilities and mental health disorders, through specialist risk assessment and management systems, forensic psychotherapy, delivery of structured psychotherapeutic/psychoeducational groups and staff training. 


His clinical interests focus on the development of systemic processes which support the delivery of high quality care to offenders, by helping caregivers to process their emotional and cognitive experiences through Reflective Practice Groups and Schwartz Rounds.  His research interests focus on the understanding of risk, and the delivery, evaluation and optimisation of relationship and sexuality educational programmes in juvenile and youth justice custodial settings.  In addition to professional and educational roles, he also sits on the board of directors of a regional charity which uses storytelling and film-making processes to support socially disadvantaged or marginalised groups, in partnership with local health, social care and criminal justice organisations. 



Paul currently teaches onto the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula:

  • Successful leading in Health and Social Care (Module Coordinator)
  • Nursing People with Learning Disabilities across the Lifespan with Psychological & Behavioural Needs (Module Coordinator)
  • Nursing Children and Young People with Neuro Developmental Disabilities and Genetic Conditions
  • Managing Complexity/Sustaining Health & Wellbeing of Adults&Older Adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Understanding and Working with people who self-harm
  • Foundations of Learning Disability Nursing
  • Working interprofessional to improve mental wellbeing
  • Essential Pharmacology
  • Successful Leading: Mohammed Bin Rashid University, University of Health and Medical Sciences (Dubai)



  • Royal College of Nursing (Northern Ireland) Board Member
  • Royal College of Nursing: Nursing in Justice and Forensics National Forum (committee member)
  • ESC-Belfast (Board Member)
  • Southill Outreach Limerick (Board Member)
  • Team Time/Schwartz Rounds (project lead)
  • Successful leading in Health and Social Care (Module Coordinator)
  • Nursing People with Learning Disabilities across the Lifespan with Psychological & Behavioural Needs (Module Coordinator)
  • Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (School Representative)


Currently Funded Projects:

Active advisor on a Future Screens NI funded research and development project, being completed by ESC-Belfast, titled 'Transforming Trauma in a Virtual World: new tools for transformation – self-paced trauma recovery through immersive technologies'.

Completed Research Projects:

NHSCT (2018) Prinicple investigator on a qualitative study titled: 'An exploration of the experiences of multidisciplinary staff who provide care to forensic service-users in a community learning disability service'.

Previous Clinical Roles

Community Forensic Practitioner:

Duties:  To improve the mental health and wellbeing of people with mental disorder and to ensure their equal access to services in the least restrictive environment. To maintain the individual’s safety and that of the community thus enabling this group to reintegrate into society. 


Personality Disorder Practitioner (Prison Healthcare):

Duties: MDT & Multiagency risk assessment and management; delivering staff training and supervision; planning, delivering, evaluating semi-structured and structured therapeutic programmes; coordinating community discharge plans.  Membership of a number of strategic committees which coordinate the regional delivery of mental health and learning disability services.  These have included the Bamford High Support Group, the Bamford Forensic Subgroup and the Bamford Personality Disorder Subgroup. 


Healthcare Facilitator (Community Learning Disability Team):

Duties: To promote the implementation of Health Facilitation and screening for people with Learning Disability. To provide clinical leadership and support to identified personnel. To liaise with Primary Health Care services and develop support systems required for effective health facilitation. To work in partnership with identified Primary Health Care teams. To provide an evidence-based approach to the effective delivery of Health Facilitation and health screening. To identify training requirements and resources required in order to successfully undertake the role and implementation of Health Screening and Facilitation. Delivering training to a range of statutory and non-statutory healthcare professionals, including GPs, A&E Staff, and Nurses. 


Staff Nurse (regional forensic inpatient unit):

Duties: To assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care. To work effectively, both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, within a hospital based forensic setting, delivering care to a learning disability population.


Specialist Clinical Skills:

  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Mental Healthcare
  • Good Thinking Skills (group facilitator)
  • SA07 Risk assessment and management
  • Motivational Interviewing L2
  • Armadilo-s risk assessment and management
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapist
  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning (group facilitator)
  • Knowledge and Understanding Framework for Personality Disorder (trainer)
  • HCR-20 risk assessment and management
  • Schwartz Rounds Facilitation Training


  • STAR Recognition award: 2019
  • STAR Recognition award: 2020

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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