• Q stands for quality. Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.
  • We are creating opportunities for people to come together as an improvement community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better.
  • Applications as part of our summer pilot have closed. Opportunities to join Q will be available from the autumn of 2016 and will be phased across different parts of the UK.

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK. It is being led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement.

​​Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. To achieve this, we are creating opportunities for people to come together as an improvement community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better.

Q is being created for the long term to support individuals and their existing improvement work. Through this, Q benefits members’ organisations and the populations they serve. It has been designed to complement and help connect other initiatives and networks.

The Q community is made up of a diverse range of people, including those at the front line of health and social care, patient leaders, managers, researchers, policymakers and others. This diversity boosts the power of Q as a source of innovation and practical problem solving.

Q was co-designed with 231 founding members. This has helped ensure Q is genuinely helpful to the diverse range of people leading improvement. Q will continue to evolve – being shaped with the community as it grows.

Over the coming years we envisage Q will become a community of thousands of people.

This is an exciting time as we begin to pilot a variety of activities and opportunities. Some of these will be led by the Health Foundation, with others led by members and partner organisations.

There is no membership fee to join. Q has been designed with busy people in mind and therefore there is no specific time commitment – members have the flexibility to commit and participate in ways that fit with their lives and their improvement work. It is not a taught programme, but a network of support for those already knowledgeable in and undertaking improvement work.

Joining Q

To ensure the community is grown in a manageable way, and to enable the members to contribute to its evolving shape and design, opportunities to join Q are being phased across different parts of the UK.

During the summer, we launched a pilot to test a new online application system and process with a targeted group of people. Applications from this pilot are currently being independently assessed and we are expecting to announce new members to the community in early October.

There will be continuous opportunities to join Q over the coming years. The next phase will start in the autumn of 2016. As part of this, we are partnering with a number of improvement organisations who are helping us to grow the community.

In November we will work with the North East and North Cumbria, West of England and South West AHSN regions to promote and attract people to join the Q community.

In February 2017, we will be looking for people in Scotland (through Health Improvement Scotland) and the Improvement Academy, UCLP, North West Coast and the Midlands AHSN regions.

People in Wales and Northern Ireland as well as other areas of England will be able to join from May 2017. We will be partnering with HSC Safety Forum in Northern Ireland, Public Health Wales, and the Kent Surry and Sussex, Health Innovation Network (South London), Greater Manchester, East Midlands, Eastern, West of England, Imperial College Health Partners, Wessex and Oxford AHSN region.

All applicants will be asked to address three criteria:

  • COMMITMENT: a considered and lived commitment to collaborative improvement.
  • KNOWLEDGE: the ability to articulate and reflect on the approaches used personally and by others involved in improving quality.
  • EXPERIENCE: experience of playing an influential role in efforts to improve quality across boundaries.

Please register your interest if you would like to be kept up to date with more details including future opportunities to join.

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