Q was co-designed with 231 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 are currently 1353 members in the community, and by 2020 we anticipate a community of thousands – all belonging to an established long-term home for improvers.
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.
Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. To achieve this, the Health Foundation is creating opportunities for people to come together and form a community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills, and collaborating to make health and care betterThe 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. Including a wide range of perspectives boosts the power of Q as a source of innovation and practical problem solving.
Applicants need to demonstrate knowledge and experience of improvement and reflect on how they can benefit and contribute to the community. There is no cap on numbers.
Q is not a taught programme, but a network of support for those already knowledgeable in undertaking improvement. There is no membership fee or minimum time commitment. Q is designed to support busy people with their current improvement work, ongoing development and promote their visibility as a leader of improvement.
- About Q
- Decision tree
- Frequently asked questions
- Q – the collaborative design process video
- The Q initiative animation
- AIMS – applicant user guide to the online application system
- The Health Foundation – AIMS portal
- Technical issues with Aims – please email AIMS@health.org.uk.
- Tracy Broom, Associate Director – Patient Safety Collaborative, Wessex AHSN, tells us about her experience of Q so far and the value of joining. https://q.health.org.uk/news-story/what-does-q-offer/
- Clare Ashby, Head of Safety for Yorkshire Ambulance Service – Life as a Yorkshire Improvement Fellow and becoming a National Q Fellow. http://www.improvementacademy.org/about-us/blogs/2017/02/16/life-as-a-yorkshire-improvement-fellow-and-becoming-a-national-q-fellow/