Visiting Professors

Dr R‌oderick J. Ørner PhD

Roderick Ørner is Consultant Clinical Psychologist in private practice and visiting professor of clinical psychology at the University of Lincoln where he was awarded his PhD in 2005. His clinical experience comprises of specialist assessment and therapy for adult patients especially following exposure to traumatic events in the maritime industries ( He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His trauma related research interests range from British Falklands War Veterans, European War Veterans and the provision of psychological support services for emergency responder groups. He hosted the First European Conference on Traumatic Stress in Lincoln in 1988 and has maintained a leading role within the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies of which he was President between 1997 and 1999. He is senior editor of ‘Reconstructing Early Intervention after Trauma’  2003 by Oxford University Press. Current research interests include improving sleep management in primary care and aspects of ambulance care. His new book 'Kick Your Bad Habits And Repeat Less Often’, written for a popular science readership, is set for publication during 2016.

Professor Aly Rashid

Aly Rashid graduated from the University of Manchester in 1982. He trained as an academic GP and gained his MD in 1995 whilst working as a GP in Leicester. He was appointed to the first chair in Primary Care at De Montfort University in Leicester 1998, where he was the head of department researching and publishing widely until he moved to be Associate Director at the National Clinical Assessment Service in London. Aly has held posts of National Chair of Education and National Leadership Programme Director at the RCGP as well as being Associate postgraduate Dean in Leicester.  He was appointed by the Secretary of State to serve as a member of the Tooke Independent Inquiry into Modernising Medical Careers in 2007/08. 

Mohammad Iqbal

Mohammad Iqbal is a Research Associate at the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust in Lincoln and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln. He graduated MBBS in 1984 and worked in health programmes for the government of Bangladesh, West Indies, Middle East and West Africa. He trained in Community Health and Tropical Medicine and gained his masters in 1992 and postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1993 from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His current interests are in healthcare quality improvement and prehospital research. Iqbal is also undertaking a part time PhD at the University of Lincoln researching pain management in ambulance services.

Deborah Shaw, MSc

Deborah Shaw is a visiting fellow at the University of Lincoln and is Clinical Audit and Research Manager at East Midlands Ambulance Service, NHS Trust. She has worked in the ambulance service in Lincolnshire since 1994 starting as a secretary, developing and interest in audit and research after moving to the Clinical Governance department in 2002 as a data analyst. She was part of the team which introduced research into the (then) Lincolnshire Ambulance Service which gave her the opportunity to complete an MSc Medical and Health Sciences. In 2009 she became a Clinical Audit and Research Manager. Current interests include qualitative pre-hospital emergency care research and quality improvement.

Sami Timimi

Sami Timimi is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Education in the NHS in Lincolnshire and a Visiting Professor of Child Psychiatry and Mental Health Improvement at the University of Lincoln, UK. He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective on topics relating to mental health and childhood and has published over a hundred articles and tens of chapters on many subjects including childhood, psychotherapy, behavioural disorders and cross-cultural psychiatry. He has authored 4 books including Naughty Boys: Anti-Social Behaviour, ADHD and the Role of Culture, co-edited 4 books including, with Carl Cohen, Libratory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics and Mental Health, and co-authored 2 others including, with Neil Gardiner and Brian McCabe, The Myth of Autism: Medicalising Men’s and Boys’ Social and Emotional Competence. 

Professor Emeritus Charles Anthony (Tony) Butterworth CBE, FRCN, FMed, Sci, PhD, MSc, RNT, RMN, RGN.

Tony Butterworth is a qualified mental health and general nurse with significant experience in hospital and community settings as well as in teaching and research. He has published extensively and supervised more than 20 students to the successful completion of their PhD.

He worked as a clinical nurse in acute mental health services, emergency and orthopaedic care and in community psychiatry. He developed and led one of the first educational courses for community psychiatric nurses in the world and developed original work on clinical supervision for nurses, midwives and health visitors.

He became the inaugural Chair and Queens Nursing Institute Professor of Community Nursing at the University of Manchester in 1987 where he undertook original and ground breaking research into clinical supervision for clinicians and in the development of psychosocial education for people with schizophrenia. He was invited by the UK Secretary of State for Health to lead a Government review of mental health nursing in 1994 and became General Secretary for the World Health Organisations Collaborating Centres for Nursing in 1997.

Following periods as a Head of Department and Dean of School, he became a Pro-Vice Chancellor for external affairs for the University of Manchester in 1998. He was elected by his academic peers to be the first Chair of the Council of Deans of Health in 1997.

He returned to an appointment in the NHS as Chief Executive for Trent Workforce Confederation in 2001 and became Director of a Research Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation at the University of Lincoln in 2005. He and his team led the UKCRC review of Clinical Academic Careers for Nursing and the health professions, work completed in late 2007. He was granted the title Emeritus Professor by the University of Lincoln in 2008.

He was elected to be first Chair of the Academy of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research (UK) from 2008 to 2011.

In December 2011 he was invited by the UK Secretary of State to become Chair of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and has recently also become Chair of the Foundation of Nursing Studies. He is a Trustee of Dementia UK and the RCN Charitable Foundation.

Honours: Commander of the British Empire (CBE);Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN); Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci); Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych); Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute (FQNI); Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA); Fellowship, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society (USA); Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Huddersfield, Honorary Fellow for Health Innovation NHSII.

Dr Christine Sylvia Jackson, PhD, M.Phil, Dip.Ad.Ed, TDCR.

Christine qualified as a therapeutic radiographer in 1973 which allowed her to pursue her interests in radiation science and caring for patients. She moved across into academic radiography and became principal of the Nottingham School of Radiotherapy in 1988. She developed her research interests around clinical competence and gained her M. Phil and PhD in this area of study. In 2001, she was appointed as the multi-professional advisor to the Trent Deanery and the Trent Workforce Development Confederation. Working with Professor Tony Butterworth, she undertook a number of Department of Health sponsored projects to support the clinical academic workforce across health and social care. This work culminated in the creation, in 2007, of a national programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research, to support nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to undertake clinically relevant Masters, PhD, post -doctoral and senior clinical scientist awards. The model is now replicated across all four countries within the UK and at regional and local levels. Christine moved to the University of Lincoln in 2007, as a Principal Research Fellow and the clinical academic work steam continues through the Mental Health, Health and Social Care Research Group. She is a founder member of an international network of academic nurses - Udine C network, and a visiting professor at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. 

Christine is a registration assessor partner for the Health and Care Professions Council since 2000 and prior to that, chaired the Radiography Registration Committee for the Council for Professions Allied to Medicine. 

Together with Professor Tony Butterworth, Christine has presented research on clinical academic careers at international conferences and has published widely. 

She is a founder member of the Women into Research Group with the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and has published on the gender differences experienced by professors in health and social care. She is a member of the University of Lincoln’s Athena Swan SET mentoring pipeline programme and undertook an evaluation of the early pipeline mentoring programmes supporting female researchers at the university. She is the lead for Athena Swan Equality Charter Unit Assessment Team for the School of Health and Social Care. 

In 2017, following her retirement from the University of Lincoln, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University in recognition of her research achievements within the University and the national and international researcher workforce environment.