Dr Dan Butcher


Senior Lecturer - Course Lead Professional Doctorate in Nursing

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dan Butcher


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


Modules taught


  • 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.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
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.



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council: Registered Nurse
  • Higher Education Academy: Senior Fellow

Further details

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).