Growing Q

Q is an initiative connecting people across the UK who have health and care improvement expertise. UCLPartners is working with the Health Foundation and NHS Improvement to help grow the Q community.

Applications are open 9 March – 10 April 2017. APPLY NOW

What is Q?

Q logoQ has a mission 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 better.

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. Diversity in job roles, experience and perspectives boosts the power of Q as a source of innovation and practical problem solving.

Q was co-designed with 231 founding members in 2015 which helped ensure that, as Q was developing, that it was genuinely going to be helpful to the diverse range of people leading improvement. Q will continue to evolve – being shaped with the community as it grows.

The Q community is growing; there are now 447 members in the community, and over the coming years we envisage thousands of people joining Q.

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, on-going development and promote their visibility as a leader of improvement.

You can find out more about Q in the What is Q brochure and this interactive pdf.

Your chance to become part of Q

Applications for people working or volunteering in the UCLPartners region are open from 9 March until 10 April 2017. APPLY NOW

The UCLPartners area covers north central and east London, and parts of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex (see where we work here).

Those interested in joining Q will 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.

The benefits of joining Q

  • Become part of a diverse community of other improvers
  • Learn, share and get advice from a wider network of peers
  • Get support with your improvement work and ongoing development
  • Promote your visibility as a leader of improvement
  • Access resources including on-line materials, national and regional events and activities, workshops, networks and sharing activities.

How to apply

Applications for Q are open until 10 April 2017. The first step to applying is to find out if Q is right for you by following this decision tree.

All applications for Q are made through the Health Foundation’s online portal, and will be assessed by people from the UCLPartners region experienced in improvement. Please see the Q application guidance for more information on completing the process.

UCLPartners will be holding three phone-in sessions to answer any questions and provide guidance to applicants. These will be held on:

  • 15 March, 2-6pm
  • 6 April, 1-5pm
  • 10 April, 9-11am

To sign up for a one-to-one call, please email


UCLPartners and Q

As part of our quality and capability programme, UCLPartners has partnered with the Health Foundation together with NHS Improvement to help grow the Q community.

Q has been designed to complement and help connect other initiatives and networks, so it aligns with the improvement work already underway in the region – such as the UCLPartners Improvement Fellows Programme and the emerging Improvement Network.

We believe that Q can provide people working locally with the additional opportunity to be part of a national community of improvers and in turn, that Q members will be actively engaged in improvement work across the region; whether that is helping to facilitate improvement, working with individual organisations, or through delivery of the STPs.

Contact us

To find out more about recruitment for Q in the UCLPartners region, please email us.

More information about Q can be found at Register via the website, or email to be kept up to date and reminded when the opportunity to apply opens.