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.

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.

The Q community is growing; there are now 1330 members in the community, and over the coming years we envisage thousands more 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.

UCLPartners and Q

As part of our Improvement and Capability Development 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.

UCLPartners was part of the second wave of recruitment which took place in March-June 2017. We recruited 88 new members from our partner organisations, who join the 20 existing members who were part of earlier recruitment waves.

There will be another opportunity to join Q for those working in the UCLPartners region in early 2018.

Contact us

To find out more, contact Sophie Bulmer, Network Development Lead.

More information about Q can be found at or by contacting

Programme leadership

Kate Hall, Director of Capability Development, UCLPartners