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Q Initiative

Q is an initiative connecting people, who have improvement expertise, across the UK.

Q is an initiative connecting people, who have improvement expertise, across the UK.

Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. To achieve this, we are creating opportunities for people to come together and form a community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better.

Q is a long-term initiative aiming to support individuals and their improvement work. Through this, Q benefits member organisations and the populations they serve. It has been designed to complement and enhance other initiatives and networks. People in the community pool together their knowledge, insights and connections – encouraging collaborative ways of making improvements. The community is made up of diverse range of people including those at the front line of health and social care, patient leaders, managers, researchers, commissioners, policymakers and others. This boosts the power of Q as a source of innovation and practical problem solving by including a wide range of perspectives.

Q was designed together with 231 founding members. This helps ensure it is genuinely useful to the diverse range of people leading improvement. Q will continue to evolve – being shaped with and by the community as it grows. There are currently around 3,000 members across the UK.

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 on their website.

UCLPartners and Q

We have partnered with the Health Foundation, together with NHS Improvement, to help grow and support the Q community. Q has been designed to complement and help connect other initiatives and networks – such as our Improvement Fellows Programme.

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 STPs and ICS’.

Contact us

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