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PhD subject group - Health Management

The Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL) supports innovation and improvement in the organisation and the delivery of healthcare by undertaking cutting-edge applied health research, and supporting the translation of evidence into practice. Through these activities CHILL addresses the triple challenge of delivering high quality, patient-centred and cost-effective healthcare, and aspires to become a leading centre of health improvement research and teaching.

CHILL’s thematic priorities reflect our core philosophy through combining academic excellence with the learning and improvement challenges of service leaders.

CHILL has worked collaboratively with its partners to secure research funding and investment from bodies such as:

  • The Health Foundation (Improvement Science Fellowship; Improvement Science PhDs)
  • National Institute for Health Research (PGAR, HS&DR, CLAHRC East Midlands)
  • Department of Health (PRP)
  • NHS England (Academic Health Science Networks, Patient Safety Collaborative)
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Regional public, private and the third sector care providers

Our work falls into four main areas:

  • implementing and sustaining innovation
  • improving quality and safety
  • integrating caring organisations
  • service evaluation and qualitative trial support




CHILL is a founding member of the soon to be launched East Midlands Improvement Science Development Network.

CHILL has its own formal seminar series which is co-hosted with the NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands’ Implementing Evidence and Improvements theme. CHILL also has an informal seminar series (lunchtime brown bag sessions) that provide learning and discussion opportunities for staff and students to learn from one another.

Priority research areas

  • health care management
  • health care organisation
  • knowledge translation and health care improvement / implementation
  • improvement science
  • implementation of new technology in health care
  • patient Safety
  • social movements and healthcare reform
  • innovation in primary care
  • new service development


Justin Waring - Faculty Deputy Director of Research


Nottingham University Business School

Jubilee Campus

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6602
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 6667