Dan completed his Registered Nurse training and first degree in Sheffield in 1991 before moving to Oxfordshire. Posts working in Respiratory Medicine and a local Community Hospital were followed by a move into Palliative Care nursing at Sir Michael Sobell House. Various clinical and research roles led to a twelve month secondment to Oxford Brookes University School of Health and Social Care.
In 1999, Dan took up a full-time Lecturer in Health Care position as part of the original team that established the university's Swindon campus. He is now based at the Marston Road campus in Oxford.
Dan has undertaken further study in the fields of Health Psychology and Professional Education, completing a Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) where his research explored the early developments of professional identity among beginning nursing students.
Dan has previously had experience as Liaison Manager for the BSc(Hons) Nursing programme offered as a collaborative provision in Malaysia. He has chaired the Subject Examination Committee for the Nursing and Midwifery fields, numerous Approval and Validation events across the University, and served as an External Examiner for the University of Salford.
Teaching and supervision
- Health and Wellbeing for Adult Nursing
- Research Methods and Analysis
- Dissertation (Adult Nursing) BSc and MSc
- Research Proposal and Ethics and Approval
- Research Methodologies
- Evidence-Based Practice
Supervision of PhD, EdD and DNUR students.
|Melanie Diggle||Bereaved caregivers' experiences of end of life care for people with Advanced Heart Failure: An interpretative phenomenological analysis||Active|
|David Ritchie||Nursing in Level 3 Sexual Health Services||Active|
|Yuhan Zhang||Remote nursing prescribing in the current climate||Active|
Dan's current research project involves using a Narrative Inquiry approach to investigate the formation of professional identity among beginning nursing students.
Previous research activities have focussed on improving written formative feedback and the use of audio feedback.
Clinical research involved the development and use of symptom assessment and staging tools for people receiving care at the end of their lives.
Projects as Co-investigator
- Investigating how nurse education prior to and during Covid prepares nurses for the pandemic : an analysis of what works(16/11/2020 - 31/10/2022), funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), funding amount received by Brookes: £411,821, funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
Forde-Johnson C, Butcher D, Aveyard H, 'An integrative review exploring the impact of Electronic Health Records (EHR) on the quality of nurse-patient interactions and communication'
Journal of Advanced Nursing [online first] (2022)
ISSN: 0309-2402 eISSN: 1365-2648Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Diggle MFJ, Schutz S, Butcher D, 'Bereaved Caregivers’ Experiences of End of Life Care For People With Advanced Heart Failure: A Narrative Synthesis'
OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying [online first] (2022)
ISSN: 0030-2228 eISSN: 1541-3764Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Butcher D, Walthall H, Wee B, 'Living well with heart failure: evaluation of an education and support programme for patients and caregivers'
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 17 (8) (2022)
ISSN: 1749-6403 eISSN: 2052-2207Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Speakman L, Butcher D, Schutz S, 'Bearing witness to the challenges of breathlessness'
British Journal of Community Nursing 26 (4) (2021) pp.162-166
ISSN: 1462-4753Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Walthall H, Roberts C, Butcher D, Schutz S, 'Patients’ experiences of attending an adapted cardiac rehabilitation programme for heart failure in a day hospice.'
International Journal of Palliative Nursing 26 (6) (2020)
ISSN: 1357-6321 eISSN: 2052-286XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Spiro J, Butcher D, Greenway K, Twissell A, 'Paving the way: creating space for the doctoral journey'
Educational Journal of Living Theories 8 (3) (2015) pp.75-94
Whiteside J, Butcher D, '"Not a job for a man": factors in the use of touch by male nursing staff.'
British Journal of Nursing 24 (6) (2015) pp.16-22
ISSN: 0966-0461Abstract Published here
Memberships of professional bodies
- Nursing and Midwifery Council: Registered Nurse
- Higher Education Academy: Senior Fellow
Dan has clinical nursing experience in Respiratory Care, Rehabilitation and Continuing Care as well as Care at the End of Life. He supports mentors and pre-registration students undertaking clinical practice placements in Primary Care locations across South and West Oxfordshire (DN, HV, SN).