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Q supports a network of labs across the UK and Ireland. The network currently includes Q Lab UK and Q Lab Cymru.

Q Lab Cymru

Launching in July 2021, Q Lab Cymru is an initiative to improve health and care for people in Wales. It is a partnership between Improvement Cymru, the all-Wales Improvement service for NHS Wales and Q, a connected community of improvers across the UK and Ireland. Q Lab Cymru receives funding from the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

Q Lab UK

Q Lab UK uses creative and collaborative approaches to bring people together, understand what is known about a topic, uncover new insights and develop and test ideas.

How we work

  • Collaboratively: The Lab works across geographical, organisational and professional boundaries to bring together a diverse set of people with relevant experience and expertise.
  • Drawing on a range of approaches and tools: Using approaches from quality improvement, and disciplines such as social innovation and design, means that we use methods that are best suited to the outcome that we are trying to achieve.
  • Developing skills and connections: Through accessing new information, methods and connections, Lab participants are well equipped to not only apply learning from the Lab process, but use those skills in other complex challenges they encounter.
  • At pace: Although the challenges that the Lab focuses on are complex, we work at pace and build up momentum for change.
  • Thinking about scale from the outset: We draw on principles from the latest research about how ideas can be best shared, adapted and adopted and design those approaches into our ways of working.

Read What is the Q Improvement Lab?

What we seek to achieve

Q Lab UK seeks to enable change by:

  • developing a deep and rounded understanding of key challenges and opportunities in a topic area
  • generating ideas with potential to catalyse improvement
  • equipping people with enhanced understanding, skills and connections to translate ideas into action
  • sharing ideas widely, nationally and locally.

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Q Lab UK projects

Peer support available to all

Q Lab workshopFrom April 2017 to May 2018, Q Lab UK worked with almost 200 Lab participants to explore what it would take for peer support to more widely available to those who needed it, to support their long-term health and wellbeing needs.

Our work together produced new insights, projects and a growing community of people interested in peer support.

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Mental health problems and persistent pain

Lab research sessions October 2018From September 2018, Q Lab UK worked in partnership with Mind – the mental health charity. Our work together focused on supporting people living with both a mental health problem and long-term physical condition, specifically looking at the experiences of people living with both mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain, and how care can be designed to best meet their health and wellbeing needs.

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