Simon has a PhD in medical education and has worked in both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical education since 2000.
His current role at Edge Hill is Senior Lecturer, postgraduate professional education and programme lead for the Masters of Medicine programme which is delivered in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
He also supervises postgraduate dissertations and theses. His main teaching interests focus on research methods, particularly qualitative and mixed methods.
He has been widely published and has edited and written 4 chapters in a text book for medical students. He has also presented widely at national and international conferences. He is a regular reviewer for journals such as BMC Medical Education and Medical Teacher.
His main research area has been preparedness for practice for medical students and the influence of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education on skills and competencies as a doctor. He has also published in other areas such as medical careers, simulation and the virtual learning environment.
His current research interests are on prescribing errors and the development of Physicians Associates as a new profession within the NHS. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.