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GenerationQ

In brief

GenerationQ is our part time, fully-funded leadership programme for senior leaders from health care policy and practice, and the charity sector.

GenerationQ aims to create a network of people who are able to have an impact on improving quality beyond their immediate sphere of influence. It is delivered in partnership with Ashridge Business School and Unipart Expert Practices (part of the Unipart Group).  

Key points

  • GenerationQ is a part time, fully-funded leadership and quality improvement programme.
  • The programme is an opportunity for senior leaders working in and with the health service (including charity organisations and policy makers) to gain a postgraduate certificate in Leadership (Quality Improvement) from Ashridge Business School (with the option of completing an MSc).
  • Fellows must be sponsored by an appropriate senior member of their organisation who will work with them throughout the fellowship.
  • The personal study time required to complete GenerationQ is an average of 10-25 hours of study per month over an 18 month period (two years for the MSc).
  • The programme is delivered in partnership with respected leadership development providers Ashridge and Unipart Expert Practices (part of The Unipart Group).
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Comments
Great post
I have heard many great things about the programme and am would like to know when apllications for the next course will be open?
Dear Richard
Thank you for your post.
The GenerationQ programme will be open for applications in the early summer. Please keep an eye on the website for more information for when the programme will open.
Kind regards
Nicola
For the pas 17 years, i have been working as a clinical dietitian at a major government hospital in Malaysia . How do i go about applying for this programme as i really want to improve patients' care at my workplace?.


Dear Dr Romzi Mohd. Ali

Thank you for your message. Unfortunately this programme is only open to those working in the UK health service, so you would not currently be eligible to apply from your position in Malaysia.

I am sorry that we can't be of more help.

Best wishes
Sophie
Hi, is it possible to speak to someone about the programme before the application process begins?
Dear Lorna
Many thanks for your enquiry.
You are very welcome to speak to a member of the GenerationQ team. You can call 020 7257 8012
With kind regards
Nicola
hello. I would like to discuss whether this is appropriate for me. Would it be possible to speak to someone about it before the application process opens? Thank you
Dear Lorna
Yes, please feel free to call me on 0207 257 8012 to discuss
Thank you
Nicola
Hi.
I was not able to find deadline for application or application form.
Many thanks,
C Benzoni
Dear Carlo

We've not opened for applications yet, which is why you haven't been able to find anything. All material will be available once we open on 27 May until the deadline on 15 July.

Best wishes
Sophie
Hi I have done my pG dip in food tech. And bachelor in food science and nutrition from India and so have few years of work experience in QA of food processing. Have interest in working in health care , m now a British citizen am I eligible for the course.
Dear Tanjeeb
Thanks for your interest in the GenerationQ programme.
Unfortunately, you would not be eligible to apply for the GenerationQ programme based on the information that you supplied.
Firstly, you need to be a senior leader (clinician or non clinician) who is in a position to influence change and quality improvement at the highest level within your organisation. This programme is developed to equip leaders with the capabilities and techniques to drive forward improvements across their organisations which are in the UK health service i.e. those who are working in health related organisations such as professional bodies, royal colleges, government/policy departments and health/patient focussed charities, in addition to all sectors in the NHS.
Thank you for your interest in the programme.
Nicola
Does UK include the Isle of Man? There seems no consistent policy with regard to this - for soem purposes it is and some purposes it is n't.
If it is not as far as you are concerned, there is no point in me even trying. Thanks
Dear Dr Kishore

Thank you for your interest in the GenerationQ programme.

Unfortunately, the UK does not include the Isle of Man for this programme.

However, thank you for your comment, we will ensure that the information to applicants is made more explicit in the future.

Kind regards

Nicola
Is the programme open to those with senior postions in healthcare who have no first degree qualification but do have many years of experience?
Hi Dawn

Yes, this is absolutely fine. There is no minimum standard of academic achievement and we do not expect all applicants to be graduates. However, the programme is delivered at Masters level and all participants will complete written assignments which will count towards a Postgraduate Certificate, so you would need to be confident that you could manage the academic demands of the programme. There are more details on this in the downloadable material.

Thanks
Sophie
Hi, I come from an Informatics background in Healthcare, so have no clinical background. I am looking for a qualification that willl provide me with a broader understanding of Healthcare and help me to ensure that Technology and Information can help transform how care is delivered as well as influence policy. Would this programme be suitable?

Also if for any reason I left the NHS would I still be able to complete the programme?

Regards Paul
Dear Paul

Thank you for your query,

The GenerationQ programme is not designed to give successful applicants a broader understanding of healthcare or how technology and information can transform how care is delivered.
GenerationQ programme aims to develop skilled and effective clinical and non clinical leaders for quality improvement in health.

If you read the downloadable information 'information for applicants' you will find out exactly what the programme offers.

If you have any further quetions, do not hesitate to get in touch

Thanks

Nicola
"We are looking for applicants with significant leadership responsibility...
Clinical Director (for those in an acute medical role)
Deputy/Assistant Director (for those in a senior nursing, public health or management role)
GP with a senior position in the local CCG and/or with an education/training remit
National or Regional Director (for those in a charity, or professional or government body)"

Are there any courses like this desgined for more lowly persons (who hold similar aspirations to undertake such an amazing programme of learning) within the healthcare heirachy? I've been looking for something like this for a while, but given previous fellows - it's seemingly too high level.

Thanks
Dear DP,
Thank you for your enquiry.
The GenerationQ fellowship is aimed at senior clinicians and senior non clinicians (Assistant Director, Director or one level from Board level).
We do have other fellowship programmes which you can find on our website, however, these fellowships are aimed at a similar audience i.e. Clinician Scientist Fellowships, PHd awards for Improvement science.
If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks,
Nicola
HI,
Are 24/9 and 24/10 dates to be kept free by the applicants or are they just for the selecting commitee?
Many Thanks,
Carlo
Dear Carlo

Thank you for your enquiry.

24 September is the date that candidates who are selected for the assessment centres are given their organisational inquiry brief, for which they have one month to write this. 24 October is the deadline for submitting the organisational inquiry.

With thanks
Nic
Thanks for this, and can you let me know if this is open to patient and public representative volunteers working on service redesign with the NHS?

Please can I also feedback to you , that looking at your faculty which I perceive to be all white with similar backgrounds, does not excite me as much as it would to work with a group with mixed equality characteristics and experiences, and maybe perceived passions for ensuring patient leaders are attracted and enabled into the programme?
Dear Nicola

Thank you for your post.

The GenerationQ programme is aimed at senior leaders who can be clinical and non clinical who are in a position to influence change and quality improvement at the highest level in their organisation. These applicants must have significant leadership responsibilities within their organisation. In addition, it is essential that applicants are employed in an established role that will enable them to have influence at the highest level of the organisation.

We select 18 successful applicants to comprise the final cohort each year for the GenerationQ programme. We aim for the GenerationQ cohort to reflect the diversity of those working in and with the UK health service which includes those from clinical and non clinical backgrounds and from people working in health related organisations such as professional bodies, royal colleges, government or policy departments and health/patient focused charities, in additional to all sectors of the NHS.

If you want to discuss this further I would be more than happy to, and you can email me at generationq@health.org.uk to arrange this if you wish to.

Kind regards

Nicola
Thanks for this, and can you let me know if this is applicable to people outside the UK
Dear Regina
Thank you for your post.
Unfortunately, the GenerationQ programme is not open to applicants outside of the UK.
Thank you
Nic
Hi I am a consultant obstetrician and gynae cologist for 5 years in my current substantive post.

I have got responsibility to lead certain defined areas in the broad field of Obs and gynae. Am I eligible to apply for the post?
I am working as midwife within nhs for almost 10 years. I would really like to do some study on leadership. However not being myself a band 7 midwife will I be able to apply for this program?
Dear K Das
Thank you for your email.

We welcome applicants from clinical and non clinical posts who are in a position to influence change and quality improvement at the highest level in their organisation. We are looking for applicants with significant leadership responsibility within their organisation and we would expect you to be reporting directly to a member of your senior executive team. An example role you might be in would be Clinical Director.

If you need any further clarity, do not hesitate to email generationq@health.org.uk for more information

Thanks
Nicola
Dear Effie
Thank you for your post

We welcome applicants from clinical and non clinical posts who are currently in a position to influence change and quality improvement at the highest level in their organisation. We are looking for applicants who have significant leadership responsibilities within their organisation. We would also expect you to be reporting to a member of your senior executive team.

Effie, I think you maybe a little too early on in your career to embark on the application process for GenerationQ as we target above band 7, such as clinicians who are clinical directors, assistant directors etc.
Do feel free to come back to us later on in your career.
Thank you
Nic
Hi Nicola, I am no longer a direct nhs employee- but still working in the service. Am I eligible?
Dear MA

Thanks for your comment. Without knowing more details it is impossible to give you a definite yes or no answer. Could you please email GenerationQ@health.org.uk with more information on your role and we will be able to help you.

Thanks
Sophie
Are applications currently open for the 2014 cohort? I can't see where to or how to apply. Could you send me a link, or the appropriate documentation please?

Thanks
Dear Gillian
The GenerationQ cohort 5 programme has now closed for applications. The next cohort will be opening in 2015. Please keep an eye on our website for more details next year.
Kind regards
Nicola
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