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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 and also Professor Justin Waring (Director of CHILL).   


News and events

International Conference on Healthcare Sytems & Global Business Issues 

28-30 June 2018

Harlaxton Manor is the location for the 12th conference in this series.

CHILL's Director Professor Stephen Timmons said 'Our Visiting Fellow, Professor Bill Stroube from Evansville University is organising this conference at Harlaxton Hall, near Grantham. There is a call for papers on the conference website. It’s an amazing venue, which is not open to the public, so this is a great chance to see it'.

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Fully funded PhD opportunity

Are you interested in undertaking a PhD to investigate how the safety of care and recovery can be improved for people moving between secure locations and/or the community?

We are looking for an enthusiastic student who will work with an inter-disciplinary supervisory team to apply advanced social science theory and methods to carry out this ground-breaking research on the safety of care transitions.

Closing date 25 May 2018.

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CHILL Seminar

21 June 2018

CHILL, in partnership with East Midlands Medical Sociological Association (EM MedSoc) will hold their summer event on Thursday 21 June 2018 at the Jubilee Conference Centre in Nottingham.

'Using STS Approaches in Health Improvement Research'

Speakers include; Dr. Catherine Will, Reader in the Sociology of Science and Technology, Aleksandra Stemlach, University of Nottingham and Charlotte Overton, of CHILL.

This event is sponsored by the Health Foundation.

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Executive MBA Healthcare endorsed by NHS Leadership Academy

The NHS Leadership Academy has appointed Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) to deliver an NHS endorsed Masters in Business Administration (MBA). The course is led by the University’s Centre for Health, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL) in the Business School.

Dr Simon Bishop, CHILL’s Deputy Director (Teaching) and leader of the course, said: “The Nottingham Executive MBA Healthcare is specifically designed for managers and leaders who want to develop their career in healthcare. Participants gain the benefits of studying for an internationally recognised MBA alongside peers from many different industries, while gaining up to date knowledge and skills relevant for the challenges of contemporary healthcare.

“Specialist healthcare modules are led by both academic and industry specialists, allowing individuals to develop within a friendly and supportive learning environment.”

NUBS, which is part of the University of Nottingham, is one of only seven higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country to have their MBA programme endorsed by the NHS.

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CHILL becomes member of Center for Health Organisation Transformation at Texas A&M University

CHILL has been approved by the United States National Science Foundation as a full participating member of the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), based at Texas A&M University.

CHILL is only the 6th non-US site to be approved for membership of any of the 60 NSF Industry - University Cooperative Research Programs.

CHOT is a collaboration of university partners and industry organisations which funds applied research in health care management.

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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

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telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6183
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