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The Q Lab brings people together from across the UK to work and make progress on complex challenges in health and care.

Working on a single challenge for a year, the Lab draws on disciplines such as design and behavioural science, and brings together Q members and others to draw on their collective expertise and experience. Through this process the Lab aims to develop new insights and ideas on a topic, as well as creating the conditions for professional collaborations and skills to flourish.

The first Q Lab challenge is a pilot, and is exploring what it would take for effective peer support to be available to everyone who wants it to help manage their long-term health and wellbeing needs. Find out more.

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Lab updates

The future for a peer support community
Libby Keck, Q website, 8 February 2018

What feels like the end is often the beginning
Tracy Webb, Q website, 5 February 2018

Q Lab survey on peer support – a big thank-Q!
Hannah Patel, Q website, 23 January 2018

We’re doing an exciting piece of research – and we need your help
Hannah Patel, Q website, 17 December 2017

Q Lab peer support workshop 5 December: Live blog
Q Lab team, Q website, 5 December 2017

Q Lab workshop: 5 December
Q Lab team

Q Lab update: Improving the routine offering and promotion of peer support
Hannah Patel, Q website, 30 November 2017

Peer support in Northern Ireland: Knowledge is power
Jacqueline Morton, Q website, 12 October 2017

Q Lab update: The reality of dealing with complex challenges
Tracy Webb, Q website, 02 October 2017

Q Lab update: Sparking spin-off projects in peer support
Hawys Tomos, Q website, 15 Sept 2017

*New* Q Lab Phase 2: developing and testing ideas
Q Lab team, Q website, 24 August 2017

Q Lab update: from research to action
Tracy Webb, Q website, 16 August 2017

Q Lab peer support workshop 13-14 July: Live blog
Jenna Collins, Q website, 13-14 July 2017

Q Lab update: Sharing our research on peer support
Hannah Patel, Q website, 10 July 2017

Q Lab update: making new connections
Libby Keck, Q website, 14 June 2017

Q Lab update: crowdsourcing peer support services
Hannah Patel, Q website, 06 June 2017

Q Lab update: Kicking-off the research
Hannah Patel, Q website, 01 June 2017

‘Improvement lab’ launched to tackle complex health challenges
National Health Executive, 25 April 2017

Q Lab: exploring ways to make peer support available to all
Libby Keck, Q website, 21 April 2017

Q Lab – an idea blossoms
Tracy Webb, Health Foundation website, 30 March 2017

Q Lab workshop – live blog
Jenna Collins, Q website, 16 March 2017

Q Lab – your votes have been counted
Libby Keck, Q website, 14 February 2017

Countdown to the Q Improvement Lab: five things you need to know
Tracy Webb, Health Foundation website, 13 January 2017

But what will the first lab topic be?
Libby Keck, Q website, 12 January 2017

Are you excited by the Q Improvement Lab?
Tracy Webb, Q website, 29 November 2016

Proposal for Q improvement labs
Tracy Webb, Huddle, 19 July 2016

Shaping improvement labs to help tackle wicked problems in the health service
Tracy Webb, Health Foundation website, 03 May 2016

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