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Professor Stephen Timmons

BA (Cambridge), MA (York), MSc (Glasgow ), PhD (Anglia Ruskin), PGCAP (Nottingham)
Professor of Health Services Management

Division: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Centre/Institute: Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466635
Location: C04 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

I read Social and Political Sciences at Queens' College, University of Cambridge, and then went to the University of York to do an M.A. in the Sociology of Contemporary Culture.

I worked in several parts of the NHS, and then went to the University of Glasgow to do an M.Sc. in Health Informatics. After that, I worked at Anglia Ruskin University, where I did my PhD, and in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham.

I joined NUBS in September 2014.

Research Interests
Sociology of Health & Illness; Science and Technology Studies; Sociology of Professions; Service Improvement/Patient Safety; Emergency Care

Administrative Roles
CHILL - Director of the Centre for Health Innovation Leadership & Learning
Director of the Executive Healthcare MBA
I am module convenor of the following modules:


Commissioning and Service Redesign (N14H01)
Ethics, Governance and Risk (N14H02)
Health Finance, Economics and Decision Making (N14H03)


Doing Ethnography (2) (N14F08)
Research Design and Philosophy (N15F06)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

I am currently supervising the following Research Students:

Charlotte Overton
Eleanore Lucy Alice Dring
Emily Laura Gartshore
Judith Robinson

Publications prior to 2005

Publications prior to 2005

Journal Articles

Timmons, S. (2003), "A failed panopticon: surveillance of nursing practice via new technology", New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol.18 (2), pp. 143-153.

Timmons, S. (2003), "Resistance to computerised care planning systems by qualified nurses working in the UK NHS", Methods of Information in Medicine, Vol.42, pp. 471-476.

Tannock, J.; Timmons, S. (2000), "Back-Stage in the theatre", Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol.32 (4), pp. 975-981.

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Timmons, S.; Vezyridis, P. ; Sahota, O. (2019), "Trialling technologies to reduce hospital in-patient falls: an agential realist analysis", Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol.41(6), 1104–1119.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons, S. (2019), "Resisting big data exploitations in public healthcare: free riding or distributive justice?", Sociology of Health and Illness, forthcoming 2019.

Clarke, J.; Waring, J.; Timmons, S. (2018), "The Challenge of Inclusive Coproduction: the importance of situated rituals and emotional inclusivity in the coproduction of health research projects", Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, Vol.52 (2), pp. 233-248.

Ekezie, W; Timmons, S; Myles, P; Siebert, P; Bains, M; Pritchard, C. (2018), "An audit of healthcare provision in internally displaced population camps in Nigeria", Journal of Public Health, 1-10.

Gartshore, E., Waring, J. and Timmons, S. (2018), "Patient safety culture in care homes for older people: a scoping review", BMC Health Services Research, forthcoming 2018.

Padoveze, MC; Nogueira Junior, C; Tanner, J; Timmons, S. (2018), "What are the main drivers for public policies to prevent healthcare-associated infections?", Journal of Hospital Infection, Vol.101 (3), pp. 393-294.

Sako, M; Felix, A.; Kawagoe, J; Padoveze, M-C; Ferreira, S; Zem-Mascarenhas, S; Timmons, S; Dias Passos, I; Moralez de Figueiredo, R. (2018), "Conhecimento sobre precauções na atenção primária em saúde: validação de instrumento", Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem, Vol.71 (4), pp. 1683-1689.

Carpenter, H; Audsley, S; Coupland, C; Gladman, J; Kendrick, D; Lafond, P; Skelton, D; Timblin, C; Timmons. S; Ward, D; Orton E. (2017), "Physical activity implementation study in community-dwelling adults (PHISICAL): study protocol", Injury Prevention, forthcoming 2017.

Maroldi, M, A, C; Felix, A.M.S; Dias, A, A, L; Kawagoe, J, Y; Padoveze, M, C; Ferreira, S, A; Zem-Mascarenhas, S, H; Timmons, S; Figueriedo, R, M. (2017), "Adherence to precautions for preventing the transmission of microorganism in primary health care: a qualitative study", BMC Nursing, Vol.16 (1).

Scott, A. Timmons, S. (2017), "Tensions within management roles in healthcare organisations", Nursing Management, Vol.24 (1), 31-37.

Timmons, S. Vezyridis, P. (2017), "Market-driven production of biospecimens and the role of NHS hospital-led biobanks", Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol.39(7), 1242-1257.

Vezyridis, P. and Timmons, S. (2017), "Understanding the conundrum: New information flows for economic growth", Big Data and Society, Vol.4(1), 1-12.

Timmons, S., Nair, S., Evans, C. (2016), "The development of the nursing profession in a globalised context: A qualitative case study in Kerala, India", Social Science and Medicine.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons, S. (2016), "Evolution of primary care databases in UK: a scientometric analysis of research output", BMJ Open, Vol.6(10), e012785.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons. S. (2016), "Dissenting from an analysis of opt-out forms", Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol.42, 792-796.

Hobson-West, P.; Timmons, S. (2015), "Animals and anomalies An analysis of the UK veterinary profession and the relative lack of state reform", Sociological Review, Vol.64, pp. 47-63, DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12254.

Nairn, S.; Evans, C.; Timmons, S. (2015), "Private sector health care in India: any lessons learnt from the nurses' strikes in recent years", Indian Journal of Gender Studies, forthcoming 2015.

Tsuchiya, K.; Coffey, F.; Timmons, S.; Baxendale, B.; Adolphs, S. (2015), "Simulated Patients vs Manikins in Acute Care Scenarios", The Clinical Teacher, forthcoming 2015.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons, S. (2015), "On the Adoption of Personal Health Records: some problematic issues for patient empowerment", Ethics and Information Technology, Vol.17 (2), pp. 113-124.

Dainty, A.; Fox, M.; Lewis, N.; Hunt, M.; Holtham, E.; Timmons, S.; Kinsella, P.; Wragg, A.; Callaghan, P. (2014), "A mixed methods feasibility study to evaluate the use of low-intensity, nurse delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Study Protocol", BMJ Open.

Edgley, A.; Timmons, S.; Meal, A.; Stickley, T. (2014), "Critical Realist Review: exploring the real, beyound the empirical", Journal of Further and Higher Education, forthcoming 2014.

Moffatt, J.; Timmons, S.; Martin, P. (2014), "Constructing notions of health care productivity the call for a new professionalism?", Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol.36 (5), pp. 686-702.

Timmons, S.; Baxendale, B.; Buttery, A.; Miles, G.; Roe, B.; Brownes, S. (2014), "Implementing Human Factors in Clinical Practice", Emergency Medicine Journal.

Timmons, S.; Coffey, F.; Vezyridis, P. (2014), "Implementing lean methods in the Emergency department: the role of professions and professional status", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol.28 (2), pp. 214-228.

Timmons, S.; Crosbie, B. (2014), "Why do organisations implement automated external defibrillators?", Health, Risk & Society, forthcoming 2014.

Timmons, S.; Edgley, A.; Meal, A.; Narayanasamy, A. (2014), "Being Human: transdisciplinarity in nursing", Journal of Further and Higher Education, forthcoming 2014.

Timmons, S.; Nairn, S. (2014), "The development of the specialism of Emergency Medicine: media and cultural influences. Health: An Interdisciplinary", Journal of the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, forthcoming 2014.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons, S. (2014), "Implementing an Emergency Department Information System (EDIS): an Actor-Network Theory case study", International Journal of Actor Network Theory and Technological Innovation, Vol.6 (1), pp. 17-30.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons, S. (2014), "National targets, process transformation and local consequences in an NHS emergency department (ED): a qualitative study", BMC Emergency Medicine.

Timmons, S.; Vernon-Evans, E. (2013), "Why do people join First Responder groups ?", Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol.30.

Bowskill, D.; James, V.; Timmons, S. (2012), "How do nurse prescribers integrate prescribing in practice: case studies in primary and secondary care", Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Howard, A.; Timmons, S. (2012), "Emotional exhaustion: An analysis of the response of paediatric oncology nurses to emotionally challenging situations.", Nursing Children and Young People, Vol.24 (5), pp. 14-18.

Timmons, S.; Meal, A. (2012), "Reclaiming Craftsmanship in Nursing", Nurse Education Today, Vol.32, pp. 479-841.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons, S.; Wharrad, H. (2012), "Implementation of an Emergency Department Information System (EDIS): a qualitative study of nurses' attitudes and experience.", Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Vol.30 (10), pp. 540-546.

Timmons, S. (2011), "Professionalisation and its discontents.", Journal of the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, Vol.15 (4), pp. 337-52.

Timmons, S. (2011), "Fallible humans in resuscitation. Ea", Journal of medical humanities and social studies of science and technology, Vol.2 (3).

Timmons, S.; East, L. (2011), "Uniforms, status and professional boundaires in hospital", Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol.33 ( 7), pp. 1035-49, This paper was eatured on BBC Radio 4 "Thinking Allowed".

Timmons, S.; Narayanasamy, A. (2011), "How do religious people navigate a secular organisation ? Religious nursing students in the UK National Health Service.", Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol.26 (3), pp. 449-463.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons, S.; Wharrad, H. (2011), "Going paperless in the Emergency Department: a socio-technical study of an information system for patient tracking.", International Journal of Medical Informatics, Vol.80 (7), pp. 455-465, shortlisted for the Diana Forsythe Award of the American Medical Informatics Association..

Walker, W.; Porock, D.; Timmons, S. (2011), "The importance of identity in falls prevention.", Nursing Older People, Vol.23 (2), pp, 21-28.

Crosbie, B.; Timmons, S.; Harrison-paul, R. (2010), "Displacing death; the AED in public space", Health and Place, Vol.16 (2), pp. 365-370.

Harley, S.; Timmons, S. (2010), "Patient monitoring technology in children's nursing: Does it facilitate or hinder nursing care?", Paediatric Nursing, Vol.22 (8), pp. 14-20.

Nairn, S.; Timmons, S. (2010), "Scientific uncertainty and the creation of resuscitation guidelines.", Social Theory and Health, Vol.8 (4), pp. 289-308.

Shaw, K.; Timmons, S. (2010), "Pre-registration nursing students' views on uniform: a qualitative study", Nursing Times, Vol.106 (10), pp. 21-23.

Tanner, J.; Khan, D.; Timmons, S. (2010), "Risk assessment tools to prevent the spead of Clostridium Difficile infection in acute care", Nursing Times, Vol.106 (36).

Timmons, S.; Harrison-paul, R.; Crosbie, B. (2010), "This consumer good could save your life: the defibrillator at home. Ea:", Journal of medical humanities and social studies of science and technology, Vol.2 (2).

Crocker, C.; Timmons, S. (2009), "The role of technology in critical care nursing", Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol.65 (1), pp. 52-61.

Edgley, A.; Timmons, S.; Crosbie, B. (2009), "Desperately seeking sociology : student nurses' perceptions of the relevance of sociology", Nurse Education Today, Vol.29, pp. 16-23.

Russell, C.; Timmons, S. (2009), "Biographical narrative: life story work with nursing home residents with dementia", Nursing Older People, Vol.21 (4), pp. 28-34.

Timmons, S. (2009), "Using E-learning to teach philosophy to non-philosophy students", Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Vol.9 (1), pp. 183-195.

Timmons, S.; Morgan, A.; Edgley, A.; Park, J. (2009), "What impact does studying Philosophy of Social Science have on post-graduate students' learning ?", Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Vol.9 (1), pp. 195-211.

Ebbs, N.; Timmons, S. (2008), "Inter-Professional working in the RAF Critical Care Air Support Team (CCAST)", Vol.24, pp. 51-58.

Rhodes, C.; Timmons, S. (2008), "An RCT of Verbal information v Verbal information and leaflet in children with daytime enuresis.", Paediatric Nursing, Vol.20 (5), pp. 38-42.

Timmons, S.; Harrison-paul, R.; Crosbie, B. (2008), "How do lay people come to trust the automatic external defibrillator?", Health, Risk & Society, Vol.10 (3), pp. 207.220.

Triggy, D.; Timmons, S.; Pynegar, C. (2008), "An audit of staff knowledge and attitudes on MRSA", British Journal of Infection Control, Vol.9 (1), pp. 30-34.

Holmes, H.; Timmons, S. (2007), "Rehabilitation Assistants' perception of their role in medicines management in Intermediate Care : A qualitative study.", Journal of Community Nursing, Vol.21 (12), pp. 15-19.

Timmons, S.; Crosbie, B.; Harrison-paul, R. (2007), "How useful is AED training as a determinant for the utilisation of AEDs by lay people?", Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care, Vol.Vol 5 (4).

Chapters in Books

Kash, B.; Kline, K.; Timmons, S.; Miller, T. (2015), "International Comparison of Preoperative Care Protocols, Coordination, and Best Practices Opportunities for Learning", in Advances in Healthcare Management, International Best Practices in Health Care Management, (17), Emerald.

Vezyridis, P.; Timmons, S.; Wharrad, H. (2015), "Lessons Learned from the Implementation of an Emergency Department Information System", in Iyamu, T.; Tatnall A (ed) Maximizing Healthcare Delivery and Management through Technology Integration,, Hershey, Pa: IGI Global.

Timmons, S.; Wharrad, H.; Vezyridis, P.; Randle, J.; Lymn, J.; Bath-hextall, F. (2010), "Building and sustaining collaboration in e-learning development", in Bromage, A.; Clouder, L.; Gordon, F. (ed) Interprofessional e-learning and collaborative work: Practices and Technologies, pp. 166-175, Hershey, Pa: IGI Global.



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