Q is an initiative connecting people who have health and care improvement expertise across the UK. It is being led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement. Over 60 people joined the Oxford Q Community in 2017 and attended the Welcome Event on 31 January 2018.
The Q community is made of up a diverse range of people including those at the front line of health and social care, patient leaders, managers, commissioners, researchers, policymakers, and others.
Those interested in joining Q will need to demonstrate knowledge and experience of using different approaches and methodologies to improve the quality of health and care and reflect on how you might benefit and contribute to the community.
More information about Q can be found at q.health.org.uk.
Tangible benefits of joining the Q community include:
Q visits – free interactive learning opportunities for members to visit organisations doing interesting and relevant work within and outside of the health and care sector, which can be applied to their area of work e.g. Nissan for LEAN, continuous improvement at NHS Blood & Transplant, Cambridge University Department of Engineering.
IHI Open School – free access to resources and on-line courses via IHI
BMJ Quality – free subscription to BMJ Quality & Safety and support to publish open access academic papers in BMJ Open Quality
Specialist Interest Groups – and regional on-line forums to share and collaborate.
Events – national and regional events to network, learn new techniques and ideas for improvement in healthcare, as well as webinars
Q lab – brings together people and organisations to make progress on complex challenges facing health and care in the UK, through a 12-month process. First one focused on peer support.
Hear what some of our members have to say about the Q community here: