Simon Butler

Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Department:Department of Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Paramedic science

Courses taught: Paramedic Science

Simon is a paramedic and professionally qualified teacher who specialises in bioscience in clinical education. He has just joined the Faculty and will be teaching on the DipHE and BSc courses. His particular areas of interest is neurology, pharmacology and toxicology. He is currently undertaking doctoral research into the neurobiology and psychology of adolescent behaviour.

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Website: Simon J. Butler
Twitter: Simon Butler


Simon is an experienced teacher of Natural Sciences, Computer Science and Health & Social Care. He a former Head of Year responsible for the welfare and behavioural support of a large year group in a secondary school setting. As the former Head of Education and Training for a large NHS Trust, he is interested in the contribution of science education to clinical practice. A practicing paramedic with over thirty years clinical experience, he is currently employed in the Faculty of Medical Science as a Senior Lecturer.

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

Areas of research supervision

Simon has applied to supervise the research of final year student teachers undertaking the Education Tripos at the University of Cambridge.


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BSc Paramedic Science and DipHE Paramedic Studies


  • 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

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

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