Our purpose

The Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR) aims to mobilise expertise and people from a range of academic and professional disciplines to address the challenge of embedding innovation in healthcare systems. It builds on the internationally-leading research of faculty in Cass Business School and the School of Health Sciences to provide a ground-breaking, interdisciplinary approach to this challenge. This allows us to better address the complex interplay between the dynamics of the innovation process and the different organisational and institutional contexts in which it unfolds.

Healthcare innovations can take a variety of forms, ranging from new medical treatments or diagnostic devices through to novel professional practices and changes in the delivery of care and the design of patient pathways. Extensive research demonstrates that in the healthcare sector the benefits of many such innovations are not fully realised, and that innovations of proven value often fail to spread - resulting in less efficient healthcare services and lower quality of care. Our research activities therefore focus on understanding and overcoming the barriers that exist within different healthcare settings to the effective diffusion and utilisation of innovations.

We aim to create an evidence-base on what it takes to successfully scale and spread innovation in health care.  This will create powerful insights for healthcare leaders, professionals and policy-makers on how to best spread and sustain truly effective and beneficial innovations.

To inform our research and to connect it to the challenges facing healthcare organisations, the Centre seeks to convene a wider community of stakeholders, including professional groups, service users and policy-makers.

Stakeholder Organisations supporting the development of CHIR

  • Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston USA

  • Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM)

  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

  • University College London Partners (UCLP)

  • Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health, Adelaide Australia

  • Public Health England

  • Centre of Health Economics Research (COHERE) University of Southern Denmark

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Brighton-Lusaka Health Link;  Brighton-Zambia Anaesthesia Partnership

  • NxR Biotechnologies, Basel Switzerland

  • Prime Minister’s Independent Mental Health and Employers Review in the UK led by Lord Stevenson

  • SystemC Connected Care, Maidstone, Kent

  • Digital Health London Accelerator (DHLA)

  • Service User and carer Group Advising on Research (SUGAR)

  • European Interbalkan Medical Centre, Thessaloniki / Athens Greece

  • NHS Primary Care Tulasi Medical Centre

  • Barking and Dagenham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)