Nottingham University Business School

Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL)

The Role of Networks in Implementing Health Innovations

The ethnographic project aims to critically assess how the implementation of health technologies and educational interventions is conditioned by the emergence and sustained management of group unity, emotions and a shared sense of belonging amongst research, clinical and patient actors as they interact within newly formed communities of practice (CoP).  It looks across the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East Midlands (EM) projects to find the patterns of implementation in relation to social influences.  The project takes into consideration the role of emotions and emotional leadership within CoPs.  Theoretically, the project draws on CoPs and Interaction Ritual Chain Theory to understand group unity and long-lasting emotions (such as confidence) within group members.  Knowledge about how CoPs build unity and manage emotions may form a crucial component to implementation strategies. 

Project aims

There are two main objectives: To identify interactional patterns across the projects during the process of implementation. To explore how individuals use their social interactions to implement technological and educational interventions into routine healthcare practice.

Project highlights

Researchers on the project have completed data collection with five projects based in Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester. Data analysis and project write-up are ongoing.

Project team

PI: Dr Stephen Timmons

CHILL team: Dr Jenelle Clarke, Professor Justin Waring

Funder:  NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands

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