Simon Butler

Principal Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Paramedic science

Research Supervision:Yes

Simon is a senior paramedic and professionally qualified teacher who specialises in bioscience relating to clinical education. His particular areas of interest are neuropsychology, pharmacology and toxicology. He is currently undertaking doctoral research into the neurobiology, endocrinology and psychology of adolescent behaviour.

Website: Simon J. Butler
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Simon is an experienced teacher of natural sciences, computer science and health and social care. As the former Head of Education and Training of a large NHS Trust, he is interested in the contribution of science education to clinical practice. A practising paramedic with over 30 years' clinical experience, Simon is currently employed in our Faculty of Medical Science as a Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies.

Research interests

  • Adolescent endocrinology and behaviour
  • Adolescent neuropsychology and changes in executive function
  • Development of interventions to support the educational inclusion of children with challenging behaviour
  • Associations between the level of education and the clinical effectiveness of allied health professionals
  • Educational neuropsychology

Areas of research supervision

Simon supervised undergraduates completing the undergraduate major project in our Faculty of Medical Science. He also supervises the research of final year students undertaking the University of Cambridge Education Tripos.


BSc Paramedic Science and DipHE Paramedic Studies.

Simon is Module Leader for Skills for Study and Research, and Pharmacology for Healthcare Practice.


  • MA in Education, The Open University
  • Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs, The Open University
  • MSc Medical Science, The Open University
  • BSc(Hons) in Natural Sciences with Biology, The Open University
  • Diploma in Biological Sciences, The Open University
  • Certificate in Natural Sciences, The Open University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Biology
  • Member of Cambridge Neuroscience
  • Member of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society
  • Member of the College of Paramedics
  • Registrant of the General Teaching Council for England (registration 0631620)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

Butler, S., 2011. Can participation in a solution-focussed intervention group improve behaviour in the mainstream setting for boys identified as exhibiting difficult to manage behaviour? Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Butler, S., 2010. Using Information and Communications Technology to support inclusivity in science learning for children with cognitive learning difficulties. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Butler, S., 2009. Assessing the Benefits of Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies for Key Stage Three ICT Students with Literacy Difficulties. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Butler, S., 2008. Surviving septicaemia: a mini-review of the medicinal chemistry of contemporary therapeutics. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Butler, S., 2007. Comparative Study of Chemotherapeutic Interventions in Ethanol, Nicotine and Cannabis Addiction. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Butler, S.J. and Hotchkiss, K., 2004. Introduction to Clinical Practice. Norwich: University of East Anglia.

Butler S. J. and Ercole, A., 2003. Pathophysiology and Clinical Practice. Norwich: University of East Anglia.

Butler S. J. and Ercole, A., 2002. Medical Science in Clinical Practice. Norwich: University of East Anglia.