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Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL)


CHILL is Nottingham University Business School’s internationally renowned research centre dedicated to improving and innovating healthcare management and leadership. We help healthcare providers respond to and meet the challenges of changing policy, service reorganisation and care delivery.

We achieve this by:

  • undertaking cutting-edge research that underpins innovation in healthcare
  • providing consultancy services to the healthcare sector
  • delivering world-class teaching and learning opportunities for healthcare professionals enabling them to become transformational leaders

CHILL's expertise

We support service innovation, continuous learning and transformational leadership.

Our work is focused on four key strategic service priorities:

  • improving quality and safety
  • sustaining innovation
  • integrating care organisations
  • implementation and evaluation framework

A Royal Society of Medicine and ITN Productions “Doctors of the Future” campaign collaboration with CHILL at Nottingham University Business School. 

The film includes contributions from Mr Adam Brooks, Director of the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and an Executive Healthcare MBA alumnus, Professor Justin Waring (Director of CHILL) and the Business School's Chris Mahon (Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship).  


News and events

Tribute to Professor. Robert L. Wears

It is with deepest sadness and shock that the CHILL team learn of the loss of Professor Bob Wears, an extraordinary scholar, admired clinician, and revered colleague.

Professor Wears was an international leader in patient safety, emergency medicine and resilient healthcare and his impact and influence in the field of health research was beyond measure.

CHILL PhD students, Charlotte Overton and Kate Kirk, had the privilege of gaining first hand insight into his expertise, whilst visiting him in Jacksonville as part of their PhD studies. Before, during and also following their visit, Bob was immensely generous with his time, vast knowledge and wisdom.

Having the opportunity to share their research with him, observe him in his clinical work, and learn from his insights was an honour. Inspiring beyond words, the meeting and visit has been greatly influential to their own research, and will continue to incite their thinking. 

Professor Bob Wears will be deeply missed by us all at CHILL. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family, and all others fortunate enough to be close to him.

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Visiting Fellows Programme

We are delighted to welcome one of our international visiting fellows, Dr. Célia Maria Sivalli Campos, from the School of Nursing at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Campos is working with CHILL's Dr. Penelope Siebert on health needs assessment.

If you are interested in joining us as a visiting fellow, please get in touch.

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Fully funded PhD opportunity

Are you interested in applying theories and methods in operations management and systems research to understanding and promoting the safety of care transitions in healthcare systems?

If so, this funded PhD which will commence in Autumn 2017 could be for you. Closing date for applications is 30th July 2017.

Further information


CHILL Seminars 2017

18 October 2017:

Save the Date!

CHILL Annual Event

Improvement in a Changing Health Landscape.

CHILL’s Annual Event will this year focus on Improvement.

CHILL (and other) researchers will be reporting on a variety of improvement projects in healthcare, drawn from across all parts of health services. We believe that the real-world lessons to be drawn from these projects will be of interest to a wide range of NHS professionals and managers.

Our 2017 CHILL Showcase Event will take place during the afternoon of Wednesday 18 October, 2017 and will be held at the Institute of Mental Health Building, Triumph Road, Nottingham.

Further information will be available in due course.


Executive Healthcare MBA

CHILL MBA Healthcare. Student in a lab looking down a microscopeOur quality research underpins the Business School’s Executive Healthcare MBA - a course which prepares healthcare professionals for the challenges of organising and delivering complex healthcare services. 

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Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning

Jubilee Campus

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6183
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 6667