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CHILL – Prize winners announced in Italy

Martina and Ellie

International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF)

CHILL PhD students Ellie Dring and Martina Sykorova have been working closely with the International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF), and have undertaken a number of prevalence studies of chronic oedema and wounds in collaboration with local NHS partners.

Their findings highlight a significant prevalence of chronic oedema in both acute and community settings, and the need for a better management of chronic oedema.

This week they became prize winners at the ILF Conference in Syracuse, Italy, for the posters they were invited to present there and we are delighted to offer them our congratulations.

For more information please contact the CHILL team.



CHILL – Another new journal article

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‘Market-driven production of biospecimens and the role of NHS hospital-led biobanks’

Biobanks are vital for biospecimen production in research, despite the regulatory, recruitment and commercial difficulties they face.

Read the full article

CHILL PhD Scholarship Opportunity


CHILL Scholarship, in collaboration with NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.

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? This funded PhD will commence in Autumn 2017.

Closing date: 9th June 2017.

You can find out more information about this opportunity here.

Find out more about CHILL’s PhD research projects


CHILL Annual Event – 18th October 2017

Annual event 2017

Save the Date

Title: 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.

Please save this date in your calendars, further information will be circulated in due course.

The CHILL Team

CHILL Academic promotions 2016/17


It is with great pleasure that CHILL can share with you the fantastic news that Stephen Timmons, Simon Bishop and Zoey Spendlove were successful in their promotion applications, to Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor respectively. They have all worked incredibly hard across research, teaching and leadership, and have been integral to the development and success of CHILL and we wish them our heartiest congratulations.

CHILL Seminar 24 May 2017 Nottingham


Knowledge Integration Processes in Translational Research: The Case of the Premature Birth Center

Translational research is applauded for its potential to move knowledge gained from the basic sciences to its application in clinical settings. Academic institutions, governments, and funders are interested in investing in such research initiatives. Yet, it has been shown that this type of collaborative research entails unique challenges. This presentation sheds light on those challenges by describing the formation of a new translational research center at Stanford University School of Medicine seeking to uncover the causes of premature birth.

 Speaker: Elina Mäkinen, Faculty of Management, University of Tampere

Elina Mäkinen (Ph.D.) is an organizational sociologist specializing in collaboration and innovation in the life sciences. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University’s organization studies doctoral program and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Management in University of Tampere, Finland.

Register to reserve your (free) place

CHILL May seminar ‘Of sheep, shepherds and sheepdogs?’

Of sheep, shepherds and sheepdogs? Competing and complementary pastoral power in patient behaviour change.

Applying Foucault‘s concept of Pastoral Power in settings of multi-pastors. Foucault’s concept of ‘pastoral power’ describes an important technique for constituting obedient subjects. Derived from his analysis of the Christian pastorate, he saw pastoral power as a prelude to contemporary technologies of governing ‘beyond the State’, where ‘experts’ shepherd self-governing subjects. However, the specific practices of modern pastorate have been little developed.

This seminar, presented by Justin Waring, will examine the relational practices of pastoral power associated with the government of medicine use within the English healthcare system.

Justin Waring is Professor of Organisational Sociology, Associate Dean for Research at Nottingham University Business School, Implementing Evidence and Improvement Lead for NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands.

Register for your (free) place here


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? 

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CHILL Seminar – 26 April 2017

Competency framework

Changing professionals, changing professional ecologies – Instrumental Regulation

The use of competency frameworks for the assessment of professionals’ competence, or fitness to practice, is expanding. Those who commission or use such frameworks are often unaware of the deep level of change they engender.

Dr. Bridget Hanna’s research explores the impact of a changed regulatory and assessment framework on the professional practice and identity constructions of regulated psychologists.

Dr Bridget Hanna is a Lecturer in Work Psychology at Edinburgh Napier University

Register to attend (free of charge) here


CHILL Seminar 22 March 2017


Still time to register

Working in partnership with Boots and Nottingham Forest Football in the Community, CHILL were asked to evaluate the design and implementation of their sport and nutrition holiday programme for 5 to 11 year olds and their families, across communities in Nottingham.

The evaluation is now complete and the Feel Good Club will continue to develop based on the success of this. Our CHILL seminar will present the findings of the evaluation and create an opportunity to network with those involved.

Free to attend. The event is ticket only, register early to avoid disappointment.

CHILL Visiting Scholar


We are delighted to welcome one of our international visiting fellows, Dr. Bill Stroube.

Dr. Stroube is professor of health services administration and director of the health services administration graduate and undergraduate programmes at the University of Evansville, Indiana, USA.

If you are interested in joining us as a visiting fellow, please contact Dr Stephen Timmons.