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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. 

Applications to 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 – Health Improvement Scotland, Public Health Wales, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland and in England the Academic Health Science Network (AHSNs).

We are now welcoming applications (until 10 April 2017):

  • Scotland
  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • UCLPartners – North East and North Central London, South & West Herts, South Beds &     South West and mid-Essex.
  • North West Coast – Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria.
  • West Midlands 

In May applications will be open in Wales, Wessex, Greater Manchester, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and Eastern England. In August applications open to Northern Ireland, East Midlands, Oxford, and the Imperial College Partners and Health Innovation Network AHSN regions.

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.

How to apply

The next round of applications to Q is now open for those in Scotland (through Healthcare Improvement Scotland) and the North West Coast (through the Innovation Agency), West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber (through the Improvement Academy) and UCLPartners AHSN areas. UCLPartners’ region covers North East and North Central London, South and West Hertfordshire, South Bedfordshire and South West and mid Essex.

If you have expertise in improvement and primarily work/volunteer in these parts of the UK, you are 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 applicant 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

3. Further information

To support those applying to join Q, our partners are hosting a series of information calls. The calls are open to anyone. We will add links here, once the calls are arranged.

If your application is accepted, you will be invited to attend a welcome event with your local improvement partner. We recommend you save the date.

UCLPartners: Tuesday 4 July (venue & time TBC)

North West Coast: Thursday 6 July (venue & time TBC)

Scotland, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber dates will be set shortly.

You can also email the Q team if you have any questions at

4. Deadline

All applications for the spring wave need to be submitted by 23:59 (GMT) Monday 10 April.

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