I’ve had people that I still work closely with that I don’t think I would have come into contact with without Q…you potentially meet someone that you wouldn’t normally meet but you do have common ground. I think that was the greatest change.
Q is an initiative connecting people, who have improvement expertise, across the UK and Ireland.
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, the organisations that members work for 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 a 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.
It’s giving people the opportunity to be involved and to network with other colleagues here who are like-minded and in similar job roles, so I think it is a very welcome addition to what we are currently doing.
As health and care services continue to respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, collaborative learning is needed now more than ever to build a stronger health and care system for the future. Q is here to support members and others to deliver rapid change, navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead, and boost theirs and their teams’ skills and resilience so that we can together build a stronger health and care system for the future.
What do people think of Q so far?
Q is being delivered by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by partners across the UK and Ireland.