- 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.
- Opportunities to join Q are being phased across different parts of the UK. Read more below.
- Visit q.health.org.uk to find out more.
- The latest round of applications to join the Q community is now open. Find out more and apply (deadline 11 September).
Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK, 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. 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.
We are creating Q for the long term to support individuals and their existing improvement work, to benefit members’ organisations and the populations they serve. It is designed to complement and help connect other initiatives and networks.
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.
If you would like to be kept up to date with more details, including future opportunities to join, please sign up on the Q website (towards the bottom of the page).
Who is part of Q?
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 founding members in 2015. This helps 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.
There is no membership fee or 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.
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 including Health Improvement Scotland, Public Health Wales, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland and in England the Academic Health Science Network (AHSNs).
During 2017 903 new members have joined from North East and North Cumbria, West of England, South West, Scotland, Yorkshire and Humber, North West Coast, West Midlands and North East and North Central London, South and West Hertfordshire, South Bedfordshire and South West and Mid Essex. We currently have a community of 1,353 improvers and in August 2017 we will announce further new members in East of England, Greater Manchester, Wessex, Wales and Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
How to apply
The latest round of applications to join the Q community is now open to those working or volunteering in:
- Northern Ireland
- East Midlands (through East Midlands AHSN)
- Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Milton Keynes (through Oxford AHSN)
- North West London (through Imperial College Healthcare AHSN)
- South London (through Health Innovation Network AHSN)
Find out more and apply by midnight 11 September.
We expect to roll out opportunities to apply more widely in Spring 2018.