So, what next? This page provides some handy tips and links to help you get started. We recommend you spend some time looking over this page to get the most out of your first 100 days of Q (don’t worry we will send you reminders during this time)…
How do I get started?
The Q website contains lots of exclusive content just for members, including details of Q member visits, access to special subscriptions and offers, a calendar of events and lots more.
Enter in your location which should be the main place you work or volunteer (yes only one location at this stage I’m afraid).
We’d encourage you to update your profile to make sure all your details are up to date. We also recommend populating the ‘about you’ section with an overview of improvement work you do. It is simple to do and shouldn’t take too long. You can also tell us your areas of interest. Select from 29 areas of interest which will be noted on your online profile and eventually be filtered onto the map
During your first couple of months as a Q member you will be invited to attend a local welcome event. These are a great way to immerse yourself in Q and meet others in the community in your area face to face.
How do I connect with others?
- Search the online directory: who do you know & who would you like to get to know?
- Follow us on Twitter @theQcommunity
- Join our LinkedIn group
- Sign up for a Randomised Coffee Trial’s (RCT’s)
What’s a Randomised Coffee Trial? It’s a great way to get to know more people in the community, particularly with other members you wouldn’t normally connect with. Every member who signs up will be sent the name of another randomly-chosen member every month and the pair organise a time to chat or meet
Do you love connecting people and ideas? We have created a network of Q Connectors who will help push the boundaries of what’s possible for everyone in Q. We will offer Connectors traning and support including Network Leadership masterclasses.
How else can I get involved?
Visit the ‘Get Involved’ page for more ways to get involved in Q, including sharing news or blogs with the community, signing up to events, adding events for the community to join, joining special interest groups, finding out more about the Q Labs (this year’s pilot Lab is on peer support), Q Visits, QI Connect WebEx, volunteer to give a talk around a specific area or ask a member to give a talk at one of your events or have a look at some of the tools and resources.
Tools and resources
- Reading room: Links and resources to download – lots of useful stuff for anyone interested in improving the quality of health and care.
- Communications guidelines: Logos, Q email signature, presentation templates, resources for events and other materials to help members promote and undertake work funded as part of Q.
As part of the independent evaluation of Q, which is being conducted by RAND Europe, you will be sent a survey via email. Please take the time to complete the survey and help create benchmark data to measure the impact of Q over time.