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.
What is Q?
Q 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.
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.