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CHILL December Seminar


ResearchOne – the challenges of creating and using a research dataset of real but de-identified clinical and administrative data drawn from electronic patient records. 

Dr Susan Clamp, of University of Leeds, is Director of the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics and senior Lecturer in the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics at the University of Leeds, Dr Clamp has been at the forefront of developments in Health Informatics for over 30 years working with Governments, Healthcare organisations, Local Authorities and Health IT industries.

Date: 1st December 2016

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Venue: Institute of Mental Health, Jubilee Campus, Triumph Road, Nottingham. NG7 2TU

To register your place at this seminar (free of charge) please visit our    seminar registration page.


CHILLers arrive in chilly Norway



Kate Kirk and Emily Gartshore have travelled to Norway where they will learn more about Organisational Ethnography methods at the University of Oslo.

During the two day programme, they will be introduced to the contemporary debates and to the most common methods in ethnography: participant observation, go-along, shadowing, ethnography of objects, digital ethnography and  intra-view. Studying these methods will help Emily and Kate with their PhD research.





NEW – CHILL Visiting Fellows’ Programme



CHILL is developing a programme for Visiting Fellows, and we will be welcoming our first international Visiting Fellow in September 2016, Prof. Dra. Maria Clara Padoveze of the University of Sao Paulo.

We are keen to collaborate with scholars with whom we have interests in common, from anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in joining us as a Visiting Fellow, then please contact Dr Stephen Timmons ( in the first instance.

CHILL Showcase Event – October 2016



To mark the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership & Learning (CHILL), we are hosting a showcase event where we will present our recent work on ‘Sustainable Healthcare Innovations in Low to Middle Income Countries’. This event builds upon our previous annual symposia and showcases exciting new research being developed with our international partners.

We are now accepting registrations to attend the seminar which will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th October 2016 in Nottingham.

Please follow this link to access further information and to register your attendance –


Sustainable Healthcare Innovations Workshop – Nottingham July 2016

Two Day workshop Robin Hood


CHILL and The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) recently hosted a two day workshop exploring  “Sustainable Healthcare Innovations in Low to Middle Income Countries” where a number of our colleagues from Brazil, China, Iran, Nigeria and The Philippines were invited to participate.

For further information please contact;



Safe hospital discharge – new article


hospital discharge

Hospital discharge is a vulnerable transitional stage in patient care. This qualitative study investigated the views of healthcare professionals and patients about the threats to safe hospital discharge with the aim of identifying contributory and latent factors.

Read the full article here:

NHS Call for Evidence


The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has today published its Call for Evidence.

Lord Patel, who chairs the Committee, said:  

“It seems that on an almost daily basis we hear stories of one NHS crisis or another but we have not yet had a robust long-term analysis of the challenges it faces.

“The NHS is one of our most beloved institutions with principles that people value and admire but like any public service it must adapt. We need to find long term solutions.

“Oor inquiry will get to the core of the challenges that the NHS will face over the next two decades and beyond. We hope that it will lead to a cross-party consensus on the way forward for a sustainable approach to better healthcare.”

The deadline for submitting written evidence is 23 September 2016.

This is a public Call for Evidence – please pass it on to anyone who might be interested.

You can follow the progress of the inquiry at, or join the discussion by using #HLNHS on Twitter.

PhD Studentship – opportunity


Are you interested in healthcare improvement, and want to learn how to apply social science learning to make a difference in health/social care? Through its Better for You programme, Nottingham University Hospitals is designing and implementing a large portfolio of improvement initiatives that enable teams to focus on quality, safety, efficiency, patient and staff experience and value for money in healthcare. These draw upon a range of strategies and methodologies to foster enhanced clinical leadership to deliver transformative and sustainable improvement. A key challenge for large healthcare organisations is to achieve the appropriate balance of ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ change, to ensure the coordination of different improvement initiatives, and to support the alignment of frontline clinical leadership with more organisation-wide corporate leadership.

The broad purpose of this doctoral research is to produce new evidence on the relative contribution and integration of different quality improvement methods within Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The precise focus and design of the study will be co-designed by the student, in collaboration with their supervisors and partners within Nottingham University Hospitals. However, it is anticipated that the study will involve 1) a review and mapping exercise to produce a classification of different improvement activities, identifying the vertical and horizontal interactions and integration of initiatives; and 2) an in-depth comparative study of different improvement initiatives to determine the optimal coordination and configuration.

This funded PhD will commence in Autumn 2016. A yearly tax free stipend (£14,296), plus UK/EU student tuition fees (£4,121), is available to the successful applicant.

More information available here;

“Capitalise on your weirdness” when developing your career



For the final event in this year’s CHILL seminar series, Stacy Johnson has suggested we “Capitalise on your weirdness” when developing careers in clinical, academic and business worlds. Stacy, along with Rob Carroll and Zoey Spendlove joined us to talk about their own diverse careers and offer advice on career development. The seminar was well attended by enthusiastic postgraduate students and early career researchers from across the university and further afield. Our interesting and engaging speakers shared insights into how their own careers had developed and how the opportunities and barriers they encountered along the way helped them to get to where they are today. Stacy and Zoey began their careers by training in nursing and midwifery, and Rob initially trained as a pharmacist. Stacy then moved into heath economics before returning to health sciences as a lecturer with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. Zoey excelled in her clinical career before challenging herself to complete a Masters, which then gave her the confidence to complete a PhD in the Business School; she is now a lecturer in midwifery. Rob quickly progressed into the management side of pharmacy before working out what he really wanted to do; by making the most of experience and training, Rob went on to become a successful venture capitalist which he now combines with a lecturing position in the Business School. All three knew that following the standard clinical career pathway was not for them and through hard work and determination have developed unique careers that span clinical, business and academic worlds. Here are Stacy, Zoey and Rob’s top tips for successful career development.

Know yourself: Understand what makes you tick. Take time to work out what you are good at and what you enjoy doing. Focus on finding opportunities to develop these skills.

Take control of your career brand: Stepping off the normal career path makes you unique. “Capitalise on you weirdness” to make your career and skills stand out from others.

Elevator pitches work: Be ready with your 1 minute elevator pitch. You never know who you will be talking to or where it might take you.

Network effectively: Seek out and take interest in people. Give people your full attention and they are more likely to take interest in you. Make sure you are always giving as much as you take.

Use social media: Make sure your LinkedIn profile is working for you. Endorse others and they may return the favour. Twitter is a great social leveller and allows you to be bold in your networks.

Mentors and sponsors: A good mentor will support and guide you through your career development. A sponsor will actively advocate you. Make sure you have both.

Build effective support mechanisms: Support others and be supported. Develop your support team to ensure you are not in it alone.

Enjoy the ride: Careers are a rollercoaster. Sometimes you don’t know where it’s going. Embrace the opportunities, enjoy the experience and see where it takes you.

CHILL would like to thank Stacy, Zoey and Rob for taking the time to inspire and support us in developing our careers. Following this event we are planning to develop a Transition Group to continue offering support as careers are developed. If that is something you would like to be involved in please do get in touch. Watch this space!


CHILL’s Stephen Timmons’ visit to Brazil


I was at the University of Sao Paulo last month, running a workshop on Improvement Science. However, that’s not the topic of this blog post. My arrival coincided with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. It looks like, at the time of writing, that the incoming government will be making reductions in public expenditure in Brazil.

The Sistema Único de Saúde (the Brazilian equivalent of the UK NHS) is one of the main achievements of successive Brazilian governments since the end of the military dictatorship. Brazil’s progress in improving the health of citizens has been substantial, albeit uneven. It is one of the few low/middle income countries to have a commitment to universal health care, though the system is not as comprehensive as the UK NHS.

Like most health care systems in the world, Sistema Único de Saúde faces the challenges of an ageing population, shortages of health care professionals,  and the rising costs of pharmaceuticals. Despite the existence of universal health care for 20 years, stark health inequalities persist. How Sistema Único de Saúde will deal with these problems, when it looks like publicly funded resources will be reducing, in the short term at last, remains to be seen.