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The Q community continues to flourish, and by 2020 we anticipate a community of thousands – all belonging to an established long-term home for improvers. 

Opportunities to join Q are being phased across different parts of the UK and we are partnering with a number of organisations who are helping us to grow the community – Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Public Health Wales, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland and in England the Academic Health Science Network (AHSNs).

The next round of applications to join the Q community will open on Thursday 3 August 2017. We will be welcoming applications in:

  • Northern Ireland
  • East Midlands AHSN region
  • Oxford AHSN region
  • Imperial College Partners AHSN region
  • Health Innovation Network AHSN region

All applicants will be asked to reflect on criteria around their knowledge and experience of improvement and how they can benefit and contribute to the community.

We envisage opportunities to join Q will open more widely (not geographically based) at the end of 2017/early 2018.

How to apply

The next round of applications to the Q community will open on Thursday 3 August 2017 until Monday 4 September 2017 for those in:

  • Northern Ireland
  • East Midlands AHSN region
  • Oxford AHSN region
  • Imperial College Partners AHSN region
  • Health Innovation Network AHSN region

If you have expertise in improvement and primarily work/volunteer in these parts of the UK, you will be able to apply.  We look forward to hearing from you.

If you are interested in applying to join Q as part of this phase, please follow these steps.

1. Find out more

We recommend you start by reading the supporting information:

2. Apply online

You will need to complete and submit an online application via our portal AIMS. We estimate it will take between one and two hours to complete the form (you can save the application part way through and come back to it later).

Full guidance on accessing, completing and submitting your application via AIMS can be found in the AIMS user guide. We recommend that you keep a copy of this, along with the applicant guidance, to hand and refer to it while you complete your application.

The application will ask you to reflect on:

  • commitment: considered and lived commitment to collaborative improvement
  • knowledge: ability to articulate and reflect on the approaches used personally and by others involved in improving quality
  • experience: experience of playing an influential role in efforts to improve quality across boundaries

For each of these areas you will have up to 500 words. We recommend you type your response into a Word document and copy and paste it into AIMS.

If you have a technical issue with the AIMS system please email AIMS@health.org.uk.

3. Further information

If you have any questions about Q please email  JoiningQ@health.org.uk.

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