A network of ‘Q Connectors’ – for members who love connecting people and ideas across boundaries
This is a voluntary role, for people who want to be more active in supporting information-sharing, relationship- and network-building, partnerships and more. Connectors act as catalysts for Q and test new developments.
If you are a community member and want to learn more about what’s happening in Q around you, or need advice about connecting and sharing – contact your nearest Connector(s) and they will try to help.
You can see Connectors’ activity on Twitter here. (More about the network below).
Your Q Connectors:
East Midlands AHSN
Greater Manchester AHSN
Imperial College Health Partners AHSN
Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN
North East and North Cumbria AHSN
North West Coast AHSN
South West AHSN
South London AHSN/Health Innovation Network (HIN)
West of England AHSN
West Midlands AHSN
Yorkshire and Humber AHSN
Q offers ‘Connectors’ various forms of training and support. The first was a ‘Network Leadership’ masterclass (and webinars) with Prof Becky Malby and others.
There also will be (voluntary) quarterly web calls with the other Connectors, and the Q Community Manager, to share news, learning, best practices, challenges and feedback on how the Q community is developing. With support, and group learning, Connectors will model network-weaving behaviours and help to spread them right across the whole Q community, so that these skills spread widely across the membership
This emerging network – and the characteristics of Connectors themselves – is something that will be worked out with the Connectors.
Here’s one brief description:
Q Connectors are enthusiastic knowledge-sharers and relationship-builders who play a crucial on-the-ground role of weaving Q together as a UK-wide community. They provide suggestions and share their experiences to help develop Q’s spaces and activities – and other structures. They also can act as point of call for new members locally who need some signposting and support. Though they are not part of the formal governance structure, they will be given support to develop these skills.
One thing to be clear about, it is an informal and flexible role. Connectors can join – and leave – whenever they need to.
The aim is to have at least two or three Connectors in each area of the UK.
*If you’re considering becoming a Connector – or would just like to find out more – please e-mail Q.