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- Q stands for quality. Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.
- We’re creating opportunities for people to come together as an improvement community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better.
- As part of our summer pilot to grow the community – 216 new members have joined Q. Opportunities to join are being phased across the UK, with the next round opening in November.
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’re 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, commissioners, 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.
We have recently welcomed another 216 members to the community, making Q currently a community of 447 improvers. Over the coming years we envisage Q will become a community of thousands of people.
This is an exciting time for Q as we begin to pilot a variety of activities and opportunities that will enable people to connect, exchange, collaborate and learn. 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.
Please register your interest if you would like to be kept up to date with more details including future opportunities to join.
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.
As part of this, we are partnering with a number of improvement organisations who are helping us to grow the community.
The next phase will start in early November. We are partnering 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 in Yorkshire and Humber, 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 reflect on criteria around their knowledge and experience of improvement and how they can benefit and contribute to the community.