Simon Cahill

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Simon qualified in 2003 from the University of Brighton and has worked in the NHS for 10 years specialising in the areas of nail surgery and podiatric musculoskeletal pathology before taking up the joint role of Clinical Podiatry Manager and Senior Lecturer at Brighton University.

Simon has gained the Postgraduate Certificate of Podiatric Theory and passed the fellowship in surgery of the college of podiatrists Part A examination in March 2007 and gained his MSc in the Principles of Podiatric Surgery 2014.  Since this time he has gained five years’ experience successfully supervising Undergraduate and Post Graduate Podiatry research projects and gained fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

He is chair of the Clinical Educators Expert Reference Group and has an active role in the Nail Surgery Expert Reference Group and regularly attends the South East Managers Forum at the society 0ffices. 

Simon also has a lead role in external clinical practice placements.



2016              PG Certificate in HE                              Merit           University of Brighton

2015             MSc Principles of Podiatric Surgery   Pass             University of Brighton

2007              PG Certificate in Podiatric Surgery    Pass             University of Brighton

2003              BSc (Hons) Podiatry                              2:1               University of Brighton



Professional qualifications/membership to professional bodies:


2018     First Aid at work                           Pass        University of Brighton/ Blue Earth Training

2011     Steroid injection therapy            Pass        University of Brighton

2007     Part A Fellowship in Surgery       Pass        Fellowship in Surgery of the College of Podiatrists

2007     IR(ME)R 2000 certificate             Pass        University of Brighton

2003     Prescription only Medicines       Pass        Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

2003     Local Anaesthetics Certificate    Pass        Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists


2003 to date - Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

2003 to date - Health and Care Professions Council (LA annotation 2003, POMS annotation 2003)

2000 to date - The Sussex branch of Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

2003 – 2008 Podiatric Rheumatic Care Association



Employment history:

2019 - to date Senior Lecturer Podiatry

2012 to 2019 Senior Lecturer/Clinical Podiatry Manager, University of Brighton

2009 – 2012 East Sussex Hospitals Trust, Advanced Podiatrist, Clinical lead in minor Surgery

2003 – 2009 East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT Specialist podiatrist MSK


Teaching Subject Expertise and Experience:


Level 7 – anatomy for podiatric practice; foot and lower extremity musculoskeletal pathology and                                                                                                           clinical biomechanics

Level 6 - Medicine and Pharmacology; Research Supervision; Critical Reflection; Clinical Podiatry & Minor Surgery (nail surgery & electrodessication).

Level 5 – nail surgery, local anaesthetics (POMS) pharmacology and clinical governance; MSK pathology and pathomechanics, critical reflection; endocrinology; clinical podiatry; patient complaints and clinical governance.

Level 4 - clinical podiatry; lower limb anatomy and physiology, moments and force resolution;                                                                                  reflection



Local anaesthetic and nail surgery CPD updates; practice placement updates to Trust providers

SELFORM (South East Managers forum) group member

Active member of the nail surgery expert reference group

Active chair and secretary of clinical educator’s expert reference group

Clinical educator’s day

Practice placement coordinators day


Academic Responsibilities:


BSc & MSc (pre-registration) Module Leadership (including teaching)

BSc (Hons) module leadership:

Musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and lower limb PP521

Clinical practice 5 PP615

 MSc (pre-registration)

Musculoskeletal disorder of the foot and lower limb HE762

Dermatology, Local anaesthetic and Surgery HE763

Clinical practice 3 PP619

Internal Committee Membership:


2012 to 2019-  School Health and safety committee

2012 to 2019-  Practice placement educators group

2012 to date -  Podiatry Academic Board

2014-2015    -  Module development peer support group


Undergraduate supervision:


2018 – A clinical audit of orthosis provision and performance at the Leaf Hospital

2016 –  A clinical audit of post-operative surgical infections at the Leaf hospital in comparison to national trends of surgical site infections.

2015 - An audit of clinician’s perspectives of long-term outcomes of non-excisional nail surgery using phenolisation

2014 - Qualitative exploration of 3rd year student’s perceptions of toenail surgery at the leaf


2013 - An audit of clinician’s perspectives of long-term outcomes of non-excisional nail surgery using phenolisation.



Post graduate supervision:


2018 - ‘I need someone who knows about feet, who specializes in feet’: What are the lived experiences of conservative treatment for patients with Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)?

2018 - A clinical audit of patient perceptions of their own foot health pre & post podiatric intervention

2018 – A clinical audit for the evaluation of two joint preserving surgeries for the intervention of hallux rigidus using the Manchester-Oxford Foot Questionnaire MOXFQ patient reported outcome measure (PROM).

2018 - An evaluation of patient satisfaction and an audit of surgical outcomes of non-incisional nail surgery procedures undertaken in a community clinic.

2016 – Adult Acquired Flatfoot Surgery: A Systematic Review of Clinical Outcomes


Current Areas of Research/Audit Activity:

Efficacy of verrucae pedis treatment (V.P needling & Laser)

Patient reported outcomes measures before and after interventions using the Bristol foot score 

Orthotics outcomes

 Research Interests:

 Antibiotic resistence

Clinical & practice based education

Patient reported outcome measures

Musculoskeletal pathology




Campbell, R.  Morriss-Roberts, C.  Durrant, B.  Cahill, S.  2019. ‘I need someone who knows about feet, who specializes in feet’: What are the lived experiences of conservative treatment for patients with Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD).  Journal of foot and ankle research, Vol 12, no. 1


An amelanotic malignant melanoma masquerading as hypergranulation tissue.  Foot and Ankle Surgery, Volume 15, Issue 3, September 2009, Pages 158-160.  S. Cahill, J.R. Cryer, S.J. Otter, K. Ramesar.


Poster presentations:

S. Cahill. 2015.  An evaluation on the impact of extending external podiatry undergraduate practice placements from 4-6 weeks.   College of Podiatry Annual Conference, Herrogate, November 2015


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